Life in the Womb
by S. M. Hutchens
One of the chief reasons, I believe, that serious believers evince so much empathy for preborn children is that they identify strongly with them. They, in the process of being born again, regard themselves as no completed thing, but prize their lives as still in formation. Their understanding is embryonic, their full and true life not yet come to the Birth which is merely death to the unbeliever. They hear and see dimly, as enclosed in their mother's womb, and there they anticipate in a slow dawning the unimaginable emergence into the full light, no longer seeing through a glass darkly, but face to face. We are they, and would live.
S. M. Hutchens is a Touchstone senior editor.
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