Lord, we praise you for the wonder of human life. As Scripture says, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139:13-15).
Lord, as we learn about the development that each of us underwent in our first days of life, remind us that value does not depend on size, and that from the moment of fertilization, each of us has existed as a person of inexpressible value in your sight.
Bless all those at the beginning of their earthly journey. Give them your protection, and give us the grace to recognize them as our brothers and sisters. We pray in Jesus' Name.