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Knit together

By J. Scott Bryles

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16, NIV).

I remembered watching my mother knit when I was a boy. She would take yarn and transform it into beautiful blankets. But I couldn’t imagine what knitting had to do with creating life.

I was driving home thinking about that passage from Psalms when God gave me three little letters: DNA. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the genetic material incorporated in each of our cells. Our DNA is unique to us; it is unlike any other person’s on the planet. It contains the information that makes us look the way we do and makes our body function the way it does.

In my office at home, I researched DNA online. Within minutes, I found an amazing picture of a strand of DNA viewed under an electron microscope. Others may not agree, but it looked like a fiber to me, like one of the pieces of yarn my mother used in her knitting.

After seeing this, I felt I knew what Psalm 139 means when it says I was knit together in my mother’s womb. It means God took the genetic material from my father and the genetic material from my mother, and He knit that together in my mother’s womb, which is why life really does begin at conception.

When my mother knitted blankets, she took care to select the colors of yarn and the pattern she would use so she would know how the finished product would look. Then she spent many hours carefully knitting the strands of yarn together so she could create the blanket she desired. The end product was something to be valued, not something to be treated carelessly or discarded easily. If my mother considered a blanket worth this much care, how much more value does God place upon His creations, each and every one of us?


J. SCOTT BRYLES, M.D., lives in Whitehall, Ark.

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