Quote of the Weekend


Torn from the sleeping safety of the womb

Where do you go?

Having lived not here,

Having lived not there,

But torn, unborn.

Not in heaven,

Not in hell,

But born on the other side of a Door.

Opening beyond our own,

Just beyond the edge of sight,

Beyond my reaching fingers.

Where do you go?

Where do you go to live?

Beyond the Doors.

– Unborn, by Abby Jones

(The opening poem to my Work-in-Progress Icicle Rain. I’m working on a parallel world where aborted children go to live out the lives that were taken from them. It’s a Steam Punk, Western Fairytale. The Oregon Curiosity Shop on Esty  can give you a visual on the Steam Punk side of things.)

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Weekend

  1. Very curious to hear how you flesh out the idea of aborted babies in a parallel universe. I guess I’ll go ahead and give out a spoiler for the Bryan Davis series we’ve been discussing because there is a worthy comparison to be made. In the sequel series there is an alternate dimension populated by people who died in the womb (either through abortion, miscarriage, or murder of both mother and child together). What I liked about the twist was the humbling contemplation of the mystery and inscrutability of God’s will it ushered. Much ink has been spilled on the topic of infant regeneration and at the end of the day we can only entrust those little souls to God. “Oracles of Fire” reopened the mystery to me not my offering a solution that was plausible and that I might actually incorporate into my theology but by reminding me that God can do as he pleases and that we have no idea what he has in store but that he is merciful and good.

    However, the plot twist was not without it’s major red flags. The issue of original sin was challenged if not cast aside all together. The unborn were sinless. The dimension they lived in was called “Second Eden.” The reason they were transported there was because they didn’t have the chance to choose good, or to choose salvation, therefore they must be provided a second opportunity. The underlying assumption is that God would be unjust to judge infants for their “sins” and that they can’t really be sinful from conception.

    I am curious to see how you will deal with the issue.

    • Well, I hope that I don’t disappoint because I actually have no idea where this fits theologically or even in the story. I’m also intrigued by how this is going to play out. lol. Life of a pantser, right?
      In my adult series I had a SoulDefender who didn’t so much stop murder but held the souls of those being murdered. I have a soft place in my heart for those who endure or experience that type of suffering. And I’ve always wanted to write a story about a world for aborted children.
      I have found Calvinism to be harder to blatantly incorporate into my work because it is far less superstitious than other religions like Roman Catholicism. This means I use it as a back drop for world building and then let it come out more softly. I also tend to cover only a few days in anyone’s life so that tends to keep things more focused on what is at hand.

      I very much doubt I will every extensively go into the theology of the Unborn world. They will know the King rules, they will know–some of them–that two other worlds exist, and some of them may even find out they are the aborted babies of people in the Material World. But, I will more likely focus on a few people who are called to sacrifice much for the sake of others….we shall see. 🙂 Thanks for reading and for your insightful comments. I doubt I’ll ever read Bryan Davis’ book so no worries on the spoilers. God never tells us what he does about infants, but I trust His mercy and goodness. I do think it is always a good thing to cling to the fact that God is mighty and mighty to save. 🙂

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