by: Heidi Vriesman

I’m quickly approaching the second trimester of my pregnancy and have really enjoyed getting the updates in my inbox.  The kids and I read them together and watch the video about how our baby is developing.

The most recent development at 13 weeks is tiny fingerprints.  God has given this 3-inch-long baby sweet little fingers with unique fingerprints on each one.  These fingerprints will be used to identify this child in the future.

Isn’t that amazing?!  A tiny human being is growing inside of my body and, at this moment, looks complete–with fingers and toes and eyelids and spine and heart…a miniature human.  My precious baby can squint, rub his eyes, and kick around in his safe, warm home.

Did you know that 88% of abortions take place during this first trimester?  Babies, with fingerprints and kicking legs, are ripped apart and thrown in the trash because their parents choose death over life.

Approximately 55 million babies have been murdered by abortion since 1973.  That’s over nine times the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust (6 million).  

As Americans march on, proudly choosing death for their children, they are accepted and applauded.  Politicians continue to pass laws to protect the woman’s right to rule her own body and that of her unborn and unwanted children.  Hail pro-choice.

But no one, when these babies are discarded like so many bloody rags, takes the time to bend down and look at the tiny fingerprints which will never identify these children.

Oh God, forgive us. Turn us toward you, the maker and creator of each fingerprint.  May we see our great sin–the sin of killing or the sin of saying, “I can’t do anything about it.” Please help us to see that this crime scene which stretches across America is covered in our fingerprints. Help us to repent of our apathy and fight for liberty and justice for all the people with fingerprints.

Heidi Vriesman, a follower of the Good Shepherd, is a rather spontaneous wife to her detailed husband and mom to their 4 sweet children, ages 8 and under.  She has a BA in Elementary Education and homeschools their children. You can find her recounting their days in word and picture at  She’d love for you to stop by and say, “Hi!”

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