I was twenty-four, newly married, no kids, finding myself face to face with a girl, close to my age, unmarried, in college and pregnant. Volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center I found myself speechless about what to say to her.
I don’t remember my exact words, but I recall the pleading of my heart to this scared woman who did not want to be a mother at 20. With the results of her pregnancy test in hand she left without being convinced that keeping her baby would be her best choice. I never knew what her final decision was, but prayed she did not have an abortion.
As the videos continue to appear on my Facebook news feed I have been at a loss about what I can do. I’ve read blog posts, followed some of the political wranglings on capitol hill of the defunding of Planned Parenthood and watched some of the videos. I cannot look the other way.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
? William Wilberforce
What can I do sitting in the beautiful sunny weather of central New York where I enjoy the abundance of God’s blessings? With the gifts God has given me I can
- Pray~~To some that may seem so cliché’, so easy to do in the comfort of my recliner. But God calls us to pray without ceasing. God knows, He hears, and He sees. He does hear my prayers for those being led away to death. Proverbs 24:11
- Give~~contribute financially to our local crisis pregnancy center, New Hope Family Services who walk the journey with every woman they come in contact with.
- Counsel~~My heart bleeds for the woman who has had an abortion. She needs the compassionate, unswerving love of a heavenly Father, and I can tell her about Him. With the training I have received in biblical counseling and God’s Word in my heart and mind, I can point the way to Someone who will love all the way to the cross.
- Write~~This blog may not be far reaching, but I can write about what God is pushing me to write about. This post has been in draft form for a few weeks because I want to be more thoughtful and un-hurried about what I believe God wants me to post.
What to Do About Planned Parenthood– Russell Moore on PP
The investigative videos can be found here.
And interesting and timely article comparing the abolition of slavery and abortion can be found here.
May we all go to our heavenly Father and ask Him how we can not just love the least of these, but love and protect human lives. All lives matter, all lives have been made in the image of God. May we all love our neighbor, whomever God may bring across our path.