You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you can realize that your life is the miracle. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Today begins the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life, held in Washington, D.C., seeking an end to abortion and a greater respect for Life.
Now, I don’t normally get “preachy” in my posts, but something tells me that even pro-choice advocates can’t argue that Life is a treasure.
Recently, I heard a man tell of his own dear mom, who, while pregnant with him, had the unthinkable happen. Her husband simply walked out on her — and the four children they shared — without looking back. She had no job, no career, no money in the bank, no prospects for survival…and she was going to have another mouth to feed.
This man supposed that, if times had been different and she’d been pressured to abort, he’d never have been born — and what a tragedy that would have been.
None of us would think of aborting a litter of pups or kittens, even though we know there are too many to go around comfortably. We melt when we see ads on TV about starving, abused dogs and cats, shuttled off to shelters while an incredibly sad song plays and a somber Sarah McLachlan or Lori Loughlin narrates.
And we’ve become adamant about saving endangered snails or picketing to prevent construction of anything that might harm the habitat of some minuscule species of moth.
But when it comes to human life — life that might one day cure cancer or compose a symphony or write a best-selling novel — we’ve become very cavalier. We justify it by claiming “it’s not really a human being” or “a woman should have the right to decide what becomes of her body.”
A mother elephant never would think of killing the baby she’s carrying. A human mother (or dad) looking into the face of the child they’ve born usually swells with love…and hope. Hope that things will get better, that this child’s life will be splendid, that Mankind is in good hands because of this child.
I won’t go into the ethical or religious reasons for my beliefs — everyone is entitled to follow his own heart — but one thing’s for sure. ALL of us, regardless of our philosophy, are alive today because someone chose to respect Life.
Every child begins the world again…. ~Henry David Thoreau