Life!

Hi there!   Yes I know it’s Thursday.   This is a special post, due to the date.  Punchline first today:  If you’ve had an abortion, or helped someone else to obtain an abortion, you may be dealing with a lot of hidden guilt, sadness, grief, shame, all sorts of things.   Please, please, don’t suffer in silence.   Don’t think that because you’ve ‘sinned’ that God is angry with you.  Quite the opposite – His heart is broken with you.  Reach out for help.  Find a pastor or a priest who can pray with you and for you; let them direct you to a local group who can help.  God still loves you.  Let someone help you see it.    

Now, grab a cuppa and find a comfy spot, and let’s just think and pray for a few minutes.  Today is the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America, 42 years ago.  We’ve aborted nearly one entire generation in those 42 years- some 57 MILLION people in America alone.  Please, don’t leave hate comments, etc.  This post is about life and how we need to respect it.

Human life was created in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 says:

    So God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

God knew us in the womb- we were given life before we could be ‘seen’.   In Genesis 25, God spoke of Jacob and Esau before they were born as two nations in the womb.  Isaiah 49:1b says,  “The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.”   Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

The Sacred Scriptures give no limits to when we respect life .  It doesn’t say after physical birth.  It doesn’t say as long as the mind and body are functioning well.  It doesn’t say only if a child will have a certain sex, or hair or eye color, or be physically or mentally perfect.   All life is in the image of God and must be respected.

If you want to go another route, let’s talk about the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Some of you may not even realize that’s a direct quotation from Sacred Scripture, in Matthew 7:12.

To deprive someone of life or the opportunity to grow, create and contribute is often seen as abuse.  So why is abortion okay?

Now I’m going to use the “S” word – SIN.  We’re guilty as a nation of breaking all the commandments, really, on this one point.  We’ve defied God and all things sacred, we’ve refused to honor parenting, we’ve committed murder, and often to cover up sexual sin (any sexual activity outside the marital bed).  We’ve coveted a different ‘freer’ way of life, and the material things we ‘couldn’t afford if we had a child’.  An eye-opening set of statistics can be found here.  Don’t be too quick to dismiss ‘statistics’.   If they are only half true, we’re in big trouble.

I propose we join the prophet Daniel in prayer for our nation.  His prayer for Israel so long ago certainly seems to apply here.  Daniel 9:3-10, 15, 17-19:

Then I turned to the Lord God, to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying,

“Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments, we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.

“Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but open shame, as at this day, falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. Open shame, O Lord, falls on us, our kings, our officials, and our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him, 10 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

15 “And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made your name renowned even to this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly.  17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your desolated sanctuary. 18 Incline your ear, O my God, and hear. Open your eyes and look at our desolation and the city that bears your name. We do not present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and act and do not delay! For your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people bear your name!”

Amen.

 I know this post is already longer than usual.  But I encourage you to take some additional time today and for the next few days to pray and see what your part could be to end abortion.  If we all just sit back and type posts, nothing will change.  If we get involved somehow, things can change.  The ‘activists’ got involved in 1973 and things changed.   Let’s ‘activate’ in peaceful, Christian ways and get things changed back.  Together, we can do it.  With God, nothing is impossible!

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