Would You Defend Me If My Life Were Threatened?
If I saw someone threatening your life, I’d want to do whatever was necessary to fight for your right to live. I believe you’d do the same for me. We’d fight as if we were defending our own lives – because the fight to live is innately placed in us.
In a similar way (from my vantage point), abortion is like seeing a mother beating her child. I’d have to run to that baby’s defense. I suspect you would, too.
I realize abortion is a fiery issue that has the power to arouse strong emotions.
For those who are pro-choice, I respectfully ask that you hear me out. I’m praying for the right words because I honestly don’t want to put even more distance between the two sides.
Let’s pretend that time travel were possible, and you, as a baby developing in your mother’s womb, had the ability to reason. What would you have thought if someone told your mom you were just a glob of tissue? Wouldn’t you have been relieved to hear one of those pesky pro-lifers explain that your heart was already beating by the time she was five weeks pregnant?
What if you could go back in time to when your mother’s friend was driving her to the abortion clinic? Would you, as a preborn baby, have supported your mom’s right to choose? Or would you have been screaming, “I want to live! I want a chance to blow out birthday candles, play hide-and-seek and go to my first day of kindergarten!”
Even as a staunch pro-choicer, aren’t you glad your mother chose life? You’ve had some hardships, but maybe you’ve had a chance to see your children grow up, to play hide-and-seek with them, to see them experience their first day of kindergarten. If you don’t have children, maybe you’ve experienced other joys – marriage, friendship, etc.
If reading this week’s column adds to the pain you feel because you profoundly regret having an abortion, I’m so sorry. I don’t wish the pain you experience on anyone. I pray you’ll embrace God’s forgiveness and find healing. Many crisis pregnancy centers offer free, nonjudgmental counseling for post-abortive women.
If you’re a pro-lifer, please pray for every woman who’s had an abortion, for every dad (and grandparent) who has lost a child through abortion, and for every “mother with child” who’s considering an abortion.
And to those who believe in a woman’s right to choose – and took the time to read my post – thank you. I appreciate the respect you’ve shown me.
I don’t take your kindness lightly.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
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A moving post Sheryl. I pray it is widely received. You made some good points
I SO appreciate your comment – and especially your prayers – for this post, Barbara.
AND thank you for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page. Your encouragement means a lot to me. I’m praying God will use this post for His purposes.
I overheard a young girl sitting behind me at a baseball game, describe her recent abortion to her friends. It was as casual to her as if her mother had taken her to the dentist to have a tooth pulled. I was shocked, but said nothing. I pray for that unknown person right now. For her to seek and find God’s love and grace
Your comment gave me pause, Sherry. 🙁
I join you in praying for this young lady – and for all those who have had abortions and plan to have one. I also pray for all those affected by abortions (dads, grandparents, etc.)
Your thoughts mirror mine on this issue. I can not fathom killing a baby. God gave us the miracle of life, it should be treasured at all costs.
Indeed. Amen. This is such an important topic – LIFE.
(Thank you, for stopping by Marla. It’s nice to see you again.)
Sheryl, thank you for your compassionate heart and the caring sensitivity with which you prepared this important message. Your words: “I realize abortion is a fiery issue that has the power to arouse strong emotions. For those who are pro-choice, I respectfully ask that you hear me out. I’m praying for the right words because I honestly don’t want to put even more distance between the two sides” set the tone for what follows in your message. May we as Christian, Children of God, stand strong on this issue and reach out to as many hearts as we can for His divine purpose and glory. I am both honored and blessed to share your message on my Timeline today.
Thank you, Joyce. I appreciate your faithful sharing of my devotions – ESPECIALLY this specific message – on your FB page. And thank you for your stand for life.
Thank you Sheryl, I pray daily that abortions will be stopped world wide. God formed each of these babies and they are precious to Him. Thank you for all you do. I always look forward to your emails.
I’m praying right along with you, Dave! Thank you for your stand for life.
And by the way, I always look forward to your comments on Today Can Be Different. They always encourage me.