Monday, May 13, 2019
Welcome to my Monday Blog and I’m grateful you’re here with me today. I appreciate your visits and comments more than you know! Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day and today I have yet one more “Thank You, Mother” which I felt worth sharing with you.
Most of you know how I feel about abortion. I’m against it. I believe in the sanctity of the gift of Life. Period. As I sat down here this morning going through my photo gallery I ran across the image above. Immediately, I thought of my own dear Mother and how I would be in a state of “nothingness” had she chosen to have an abortion to terminate her pregnancy. Now I realize that was a long time ago, and granted abortion was indeed illegal; however, abortions were indeed, performed. Fast-forward to the unholy present and we find our precious gift of life is no longer treasured by many, nor protected by many of those in power. So how do we incorporate and protect the dignity and sanctity for Life in this day and time?
*The Life Ethic: What Does Life Look Like? Contrary to cultural messages, our value isn’t determined by our ethnicity, race or gender; nor by our age, ability or location. It’s our divine membership in the human family that sets each of us apart as sacred. Men, women and children (including preborn children in the womb) should be respected, regardless of their mental capacity, physical ability, or social position. Some people may not exhibit attributes of God or behave in ways that recognize their own value, yet their intrinsic worth remains.
The concept of human dignity comes from the sanctity of human life. Since humans are made in God’s image, we hold a distinctive status that sets us apart. Human dignity is bestowed upon us by God. It’s not based on our ability to care for ourselves or competence to complete the task. Dignity is not a concept that can be forfeited, so being dependent on others cannot cause us to lose our dignity.
Our failure to recognize and honor human dignity is apparent in phrases like “quality of life.” The cornerstone of living out this fundamental truth is to recognize the value of our own lives and the lives of others. In fact, knowing who you are is a big part of understanding the sanctity of human life. Do you value your own life as sacred? Do you embrace your worth and significance as one who bears God’s likeness? Comprehending this is the first step in embracing the truth of who we all are!
The second is in the way you view others. Do you see others through God’s eyes? Does your gaze stop at their physical appearance or ability, or do you look deeper to try and see the image of God in each life? Hidden heart attitudes of pride, superiority and contempt prevent us from seeing others with the respect and significance they deserve.
Finally, to live out the sanctity truth requires an action: to remind those around us of the value of all human life by speaking out for “those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8). Look for opportunities to talk about and act upon your pro-life views. Teach your children and grandchildren to respect all human life and demonstrate that respect in your own words and actions.
Together we can live and communicate the beauty, wonder and reverence our Creator intended for each person in the human family.”
A Conversation From The Womb:
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:
“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied:
“Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes you nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know, ” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied, “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.” (–Utmuato a Leleknek)
A very interesting point of view, right? And now, back to my image for today. We see a little child weeping…or is he praying? I believe he’s praying as he weeps …for all the unborns who will not receive their own gift of life outside the womb.
KEEP PRAYING, NEVER GIVE UP, GOD WILL ANSWER!
And to my own dear Mother, I say, ‘Thank you, Mother, for allowing me my own Gift of Life!’
My prayer for us all this week is that we will choose a side: The Gift of Life or Not. While you’re thinking about this, ask yourself, where would you be right now had your Mother refused your Gift of Life?
GOD is Good. GOD is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,
*A big “Thank You” to Focus on the Family’s Carrie Gordon Earll, for her contribution to today’s Blog.
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