by Hannah Tomlinson, DEPUTY COUNSEL – There is a seven minute video going viral as I type. It’s not a political piece, and it wasn’t produced by a ministry, but the story it tells is a great victory for the human soul, and for life. As the first scenes play out, all you know is that Jane is a very young mother. You see her in her school uniform. She watches the clock and rushes out of class to pick up little June, a twinkly eyed girl with shiny black pigtails and a glorious smile. Scene after scene, you see slices of their life, narrated by Phutt, an art teacher who becomes a close friend of the family of two. Mother and daughter help each other get dressed. They walk hand in hand and make silly faces at each other. They read together. At no point do you get the feeling Jane’s life is easy, and yet you can’t help smiling. Their life is beautiful! It’s worth it. And it’s not even what you think. If you have not yet seen the video, I don’t want to spoil it for you. But I will share the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtOm9UXfnU .
The video beautifully depicts what we know to be true, and good, and noble, and righteous. We know that humans are incredible, the pinnacle of creation equipped with powers to observe, steward, govern, and love. We know that in every man and woman is the image of God, and the potential to be filled with His spirit, to be like Him. So we rejoice in life! We persevere through the hard times for the glory that is before us, and we pray God will send more laborers into His harvest.
The Fruit of His Spirit
Last week the Guttmacher Institute reported that abortion rates are at their lowest since Roe v. Wade, down 13 percent nationally and 18 percent in some states. The report credited multiple factors, including teenage abstinence, contraception, and the fact that young people especially are finding abortion “morally troublesome.” Many of them have seen a picture of their younger brother or sister in the womb. At the same time, the stigma associated with giving a child up for adoption is all but gone.
How many of us have thought, “if only the demand for abortion disappeared!” How beautiful when a person’s own convictions lead them to choose life! For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Phil 2:13)
What a Teacher, what a Guide!
May our attitudes and actions always seek to reflect the love of our Maker as we rejoice in young hearts turning away from death, and toward life. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph 4:31-32) And “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Col 4:5-6)