And regardless of whether that life lives out to its birth and goes on to live a full life or whether it dies pre-birth or has its life cut short in infanthood or childhood – regardless – that life will have an impact on this world. Not too many people know the name Jesse Garon Presley. That’s because the day of his birth January 8, 1935, was also the day of his death as he was stillborn. But you will certainly know the name of his twin brother that was born about 35 minutes later – Elvis Aaron Presley. Even though Jesse never lived to gather his first breath, he still had an impact on this world because he had a tremendous psychological impact on his famous twin brother.
From www.spinner.com: ”The impoverished Presleys laid their dead son to rest in an umarked grave in Priceville Cemetery in Tupelo. (By some accounts, he was buried in a shoebox.) As a boy, Elvis visited his lost twin's gravesite often. His mother was convinced that her surviving son was blessed with superhuman abilities due to the loss: When one twin died, she believed, the other "got all the strength of both." She was also known to declare that whenever Elvis did the right thing, he had Jesse's conscience to thank.… In the 1997 "psychological biography" called 'The Inner Elvis,' clinical psychologist Peter Whitmer speculated that Elvis' torment over the brother he never had was critical to his identity. Any "twinless twin," the author argued, wants to "prove his uniqueness, to stand as an individual."…. Graceland visitors know that Jesse is memorialized in the yard with an inlaid marker (which gives the name Vern's father's spelling, "Jessie," just as Elvis' middle name is rendered "Aaron" on his marker, à la his namesake family friend). As long as there are Elvis fanatics, some of them will keep the memory of the singer's stillborn twin alive. There are bandleaders, Elvis impersonators and radio disc jockeys who've all adopted the name Jesse Garon. In the credits of his movie 'Coffee and Cigarettes,' Elvis obsessive Jim Jarmusch paid tribute to the lost brother. And in 'That's Alright, Mama: The Unauthorized Life of Elvis's Twin,' novelist Gerald Duff imagined a life for Jesse, had he lived. Elvis and Jesse, the writer explained, were "two halves that never could join up right to make one." For a while, though, they did all right together.”
Even when lost before or shortly after birth, each human life still has a tremendous impact. I’ve seen this phenomenon as well with the death of my own aunt Diane when she was a baby. I’ve often heard her spoken of by my father, and I had heard her spoken of by my grandmother years ago before she passed on into glory. My oldest sister, the firstborn in our family was named after her deceased aunt that she never even knew. Although that life was cut short, it still had an impact..
I’m sure you all know the 1946 Christmas season classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. If you’re like our family, you’ve probably seen the movie dozens of times. It’s a very sweet movie about the incredible impact of the life of one human being. In the movie, you’ll remember that the central protagonist, George Bailey, played by Stewart, ran into severe trouble at Christmas time. He wished he had never been born and then tried to commit suicide thinking that his life was not worth living. His guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, played by Henry Travers, is sent as an answer to the prayers many people lifted up on behalf of Bailey as they were worried when he disappeared following a series of mishaps. Clarence shows up just in time to rescue George Bailey, and with permission from Heaven, Clarence gives George his wish to have never been born. Of course, it is simply a ruse, but the scenario allows Clarence to show George how bleak various lives would have been in a world without George. In one of the most famous lines, Clarence drives the point home just as George is beginning to catch on:
“Strange, isn't it?” Clarence questions innocently, “Each man's life touches so many other lives and when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”
We finish on this tomorrow. I pray that you will fully grasp your infinite worth both to our Awesome Loving God in Heaven and your worth to all those around you who need your unique skills, talents, character, and personality for God’s grand plan to work out fully.