Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Inextricable Bond Protected

Yesterday, there was much rejoicing at the abortion center. Despite them tripling the "pro-choice" escorts to try to foil our ability to reach the women who would stop to talk with us, three women chose life for their babies! 

Two couples came on board the mobile ultrasound unit and both said they had no choice but to abort. Their circumstances were dire. Both knew God, and understood and believed the Gospel. Both just needed someone to help them refocus on who they were in Christ, and what faith and walking with Him entailed. I was on the RV all afternoon with the couples, but it was so worth it to see lives transform before my eyes.

The first couple was unmarried, but clearly very much in love. Their backgrounds were of hardship and struggle in terrible environments. Somehow, they had emerged as hard-working, Christian (though clearly back-sliding in some areas), and with a desire to do better than the life they had emerged from.

First, we tackled the issue of the baby. We went through the verses where God clearly describes children in and out of the womb as created by Him, in His image, as blessings, and wonderfully and fearfully formed with a unique and sacred purpose. I asked what God would think were they to destroy that life He created. 

"He would not want us to do that," they both said. Their faces were somber, contorted with despair.

Their eyes welled with tears as I shared the Gospel (which they knew and believed), and offered tangible help to overcome the obstacles they listed. They had attended church sporadically, but had concerns that people judged them for not being married. I told them I would be honest with them, so they knew they could trust me in all we were offering. God's plan indeed is that children be born to married parents. We would help them no matter what. However, if they desired God's blessings, it is always wise to know and follow what He commands.

When I spoke about God's plans for marriage as protective, not restrictive, they agreed. I told them if money was the issue, I was pretty sure we could find a way to help them have a modest wedding. They told me they would be thrilled, and the man turned to the woman and said, "You are the one I want to commit the rest of my life to."

Instead of pained angst on their faces now, they features softened. I could see hope noodling its way into their hearts. As often is the case, housing was a huge issue, but we were able to offer several possibilities they had not explored. We gave them a written list with phone numbers and contacts.

"Do you have prenatal vitamins?" the nurse asked. They shook their heads.
"Oh!" I cried, remembering a donor had just given me two huge bottles of prenatal vitamins, "I have some in the car!"

I ran out to the car. I grabbed not only prenatal vitamins, but PJs that would fit their other small children, a baby 'snugli' carrier, and a parenting book.

"What don't you have in your car?" the nurse asked.

I have ALOT in my car. Friends donate all the time, and I know at some point, God will give me just the person who needs the item.

Then we had the greatest pleasure of all- seeing their baby on the ultrasound. She put on quite a show. One of the oddest things, which I often see happen, is when the mother put her arm under her neck, the baby suddenly assumed the same pose. The inextricable link between mother and child is supernatural. The greatest travesty of abortion is violently breaking that bond in the destruction of the life women are designed to bear.

They held hands, and gazed with rapture upon their child.

When we finished, the man clasped my hand. "Thank you." 
The woman looked radiant.
"How do you feel now?" I asked her.
"So relieved!" she said, smiling at her husband-to-be.
Anyone interested in donating supplies, wedding dress, decorations, for a modest wedding? Better yet, would someone in Charlotte volunteer to be the coordinator of this? I promise, you will be blessed beyond belief.

Proverbs 18:22

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Hebrews 13:4 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Genesis 2:24 

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Ephesians 5:25-33 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, ...

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful.i am looking forward to meeting my children in heaven.