This week's focus: Sanctity and Dignity of Life
As a counselor at a pregnancy center for many years, I have the privilege to be a voice for the unborn, to offer hope to young girls and women faced with an unplanned pregnancy, to love and encourage women who have been emotionally wounded by past abortions, and most importantly, to share the gospel to all who are interested in knowing where my hope comes from.
I recently spoke to an abortion vulnerable client who felt that her only option was to terminate her pregnancy. She said the timing wasn’t right because she was a single mother of three girls and couldn’t support a fourth child. Knowing that God’s word never comes back void, I read her Psalm 139:113-17:
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. How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
After reading God’s word to her, I asked her if it was possible to accidentally knit something? What would she think if someone told her they accidentally knit her a sweater, a hat, or even something small like mittens? She smiled and said that it’s impossible to accidentally knit something together.
I reminded her that nothing takes God by surprise and just like He knit her in her mother’s womb, He also lovingly knit her baby in her womb and has a plan and purpose for both of them. She got tears in her eyes but they didn’t start to flow until I opened the door to retrieve a baby gift the nurse manager left by the door. Inside the gift bag was a beautiful blue baby blanket that was knit together and donated to the center. Through her tears, she told me that she couldn’t abort her baby. Her baby wasn’t an accident. Her baby was knit together in love.
What a beautiful visual it was to have the baby blanket that day. I’m very grateful for the sweet people who take their time and talents to donate blankets, hats and booties to the center. They may never know on this side of eternity the significance of their gifts but I have the privilege of seeing a glimpse of it when a woman realizes that nothing created is an accident and chooses life for her child.
I would also like to encourage all those who unselfishly consider others as more important than themselves. God sees everything which means your time is not wasted but has eternal benefits and rewards. What you do is important, needed and rare.
By: Jennifer McAlister for My Faith Votes
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb."
Pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of life. Please strengthen and equip Your children to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves and be a voice for those who cannot speak. May our nation reject abortion and the sorrow it brings, and always choose the blessing of life.
Think: “From conception to our final breath on this earth, all life is a sacred gift from Almighty God. It must be cherished in our hearts and protected through our actions, both in our capacity as individuals and also through our laws and policies as a nation.” — Dr. James Dobson
Act: There is an issue on the ballot in Ohio this November that threatens all of us. It’s called Issue 1. Issue 1 is an extreme, virtually irreversible expansion of abortion that would outlaw commonsense restrictions — allowing abortion at any time, by any method, for any reason. Why does it matter to you? Issue 1 is bigger than Ohio. Instead of trying to pass legislation legalizing unrestricted abortion, abortion zealots are trying to change state constitutions, rendering all laws regulating abortion unconstitutional. They’ve already done it in Michigan, California, and Vermont. And if they succeed in Ohio, they’ll be targeting your state next. You can help defeat it! Join the My Faith Votes Write Now Ohio campaign. We’re asking believers like you to send letters to OH voters, educating them on the issue and encouraging them to vote NO. Will you write at least 20 letters to Ohioans? After signing up here, you will receive a confirmation email that will provide you with everything you need and give you next steps. Thank you for standing for those who can't stand for themselves.