In which every baby is royalty (and every life is sacred)

Sometimes my two-year-old still smells like a newborn. When he’s so deep in sleep his eyelids are fluttering and I put my nose to his hair and catch the remaining wafts of infancy, rising like fresh-tilled earth and crocuses.

But those moments are rare and even when he was an infant he was so independent it was hard to believe he let me hold him within me for nine months.

And my womb still aches. Since the miscarriage of Madeline, we miss her here on earth. While I rejoiced this past week with the Duke and Dutchess, I mourned too, for my own loss.

Because every baby is royalty. Every baby is dreamed of and designed by a heavenly king whose genes flow through their chromosomes and DNA and even though I only held Madeline within me for eight weeks she was no less real to me than  the newly-named His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Prince George’s life was celebrated from the moment of conception and his existence was more than a few cells because of his destiny, one that promised a royal line and a throne and an earthly kingdom.

My own boys do not have a throne in their future but they still have a royal name to live up to and a father whose crown outshines any mortal’s. 

Every life, if redeemed by Christ and his sacrifice, has a spiritual lineage and a royal destiny and yet, not every life is celebrated and at what point do we stop hearing the heartbeat? At what point do we stop believing in a fetus’ ability to bring bread to a world that is bent over and hungry?

Prince George was named long before this past week. He was named the moment he was woven together in Kate’s womb and no name is lost to the father. God writes the name in large sprawling letters in his book of life and the days of a child’s existence are known even as the number of hairs on his head.

Life is sacred and we may try to end it. We may try to end it up until nine months here in Canada, but nothing is too deaf for redemption’s song. The song of a Savior who holds the book of life and those names with their large sprawling letters and his is a lineage which wraps the broken world tight.

Madeline lives, even though she died, and death cannot wipe out a royal line. Abortion and disease have no power over the promise of a child and so I stand and celebrate Prince George and the hope his life offers, not because of this world, but because of the next.

Because we have a father who reigns and we have a destiny that is worth celebrating.

So, for our sons and daughters who live, and for those who’ve been lost, we stand and applaud, the hope that is a child.


*Linking with Lisa-Jo today, as her word is “Broken”

(The blog will be silent next week as I visit with family and friends here in Ontario; the week following will be guest posts. May you all find rest in the span of summer’s arms. e.)









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  1. I wish everybody in the world could read this post. Every baby is royalty. Every baby is fearfully and wonderfully made by our heavenly father. Oh, how I wish the pundits could hear their hypocrisy as they have gushed over the royal “baby bump” yet raved for women’s reproductive rights. Thank you, my friend. Thankyou

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  2. Beautiful, important truth. Thank you, once again, for looking past the surface to the realer real. Love you.

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    • Oh Jeanne, I love that you do the same, too… Thank you for holding up my arms in all of this. Love, e.

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  3. Beautiful…enjoy your time off with your family. Love and blessings to you, Emily…

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    • Thank you sweet Sheila… Love and blessings to you as well. xo

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  4. Beautiful Emily! The timing of this entry is so wonderful! I was just having a conversation with a pro-choice friend the other day and they said that the bible doesn’t prohibit abortion and said that in some instances it actually instructs it. They told me to look up Numbers 5:11-28 and Hosea 13:16. When I did I didn’t know what to say. I felt lost and confused. Can you shed some light on this for me?

    Here are the passages for any readers who may have advice about this:

    Numbers 5: 11-28, The Test for an Unfaithful Wife “11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual relations with her, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure— 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah[c] of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour olive oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder-offering to draw attention to wrongdoing.

    16 “‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the Lord. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”

    “‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

    23 “‘The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. 24 He shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering will enter her. 25 The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the Lord and bring it to the altar. 26 The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial[e] offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.”

    Hosea 13:16 “The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”

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    • Hard verses… but I do not believe at all that these verses endorse abortion. They are specific examples of God’s dealing with his people but not instructions on how we are to live life.

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    • Thanks for your reply. I agree, they are hard. So hard. I’m struggling with being able to understand this. I can’t help but wonder why God would deal with His people in these ways…

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    • I don’t have all of the answers but I do know that Jesus came to show us the face of the father. I would focus on learning his life and his message and praying, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you through Jesus about his father. Praying for you Leah.

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  5. Beautiful Emily. Just beautiful.

    Honored to have your words shared with us today.

    ~Love Lisa-Jo

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  6. In a world that celebrates celebrities and royalty in a huge way, this is so refreshing and beautiful, Emily. What an amazing truth to celebrate. Praying continued comfort over your heart in the loss of your precious Madeline, who was royalty in your womb and still is, even more, in the presence of her Father and King… xoxox

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    • Thank you friend. This means a lot to me. xo

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  7. Beautiful, Emily. ((hugs)) My prayers are with you this weekend! You are loved.

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    • Thank you sweet Kris. You are so faithful to me. xo

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  8. Makes me think of Audio Adrenaline’s song “Kings and Queens” (loved the video by the way!) Royalty, yes we are and our sons and daughters….

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  9. Yes…the hope that is a child. Mourning with you, as I’ve endured three miscarriages, and yet woven in between five children who are with me today. Every child is a gift, and I stand with you and honor Madeline. With much love, Emily…xo

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    • Oh Jacque, thank you. It’s a loss that never really goes away, isn’t it? Mourning with you as well. e.

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  10. Beautiful post, friend. Have a good and restful and refreshing time away.

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  11. Amen and Amen, Emily. Beautiful and deeply moving. “Every baby is royalty and every life is sacred.”

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  12. Emily,

    Your lines “They still have a royal name to live up to” and “no name is lost to the father” caught my attention. I’m loving them and I see truth in them, Emily dear.

    Have a lovely vacation with family!

    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

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  13. Thank you- just reading your blog for the first time- and this, my second entry to read, is now another favorite. We need more voices like you fighting for the lives of our sweet & innocent unborn. God bless!

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  14. Thank you Emily. I needed this reminder that I am not alone in my grief. While your words cannot erase the grief residing in my heart, they remind me that life goes on. My children will live on in my heart, and I will be reunited with them at a time of God’s choosing.

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  16. Beautiful truths about God’s precious children, even before they are known to us. Thank you for sharing this! It’s a wonderful reminder of the sanctity of every life.

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