“Even though the baby did not live, lives were saved that day: the lives of the mother and father. They were saved from the spiritual and emotional distress associated with abortion.” Learn more about the care received at Women’s Health Center of Baldwin County, AL.
“There is no power in the world that can stop the forward march of free men and women when they are joined in the solidarity of human brotherhood” -Walter Reuther. This quote not only describes the pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) I was paired with, but also the common theme of the entire pro-life movement.
We have a lot of work to do to renew a culture of life, and accepting that vision in our everyday lives is essential to changing the world. Just as Jesus called these 72 to be missionaries, God calls each of us, in our own seasons of life, to go on mission for Him. That is, to live each day in search of an opportunity to help someone and make their day better, all for the glory of God.
As a Canadian, born, raised and now living in the Nation’s Capital of Ottawa, I get to witness the many dimensions of the pro-life movement. Just as the matters pertaining to Life in Canada are complex and multifaceted, to change this current, involves multi-faceted approaches too, guided by the Holy Spirit.
Our missionaries looked tired, beaten down, and exhausted when they pulled in. Despite all of that, when our missionaries crossed the finish line, every one of them had a smile on their face. The Celebration of Life is always beautiful. If you ever have the chance to go, I encourage it. You cannot avoid the boost your faith will receive from seeing God’s work through these young missionaries.
While the Celebration of Life is about welcoming and congratulating the missionaries, it is about so much more than that. It is about growing a community. You know how they say it takes a village to raise children? Well, it takes a village to truly “renew the culture of life!”
I once had someone ask me, “Do you realize what you expect of these missionaries?” When we introduce people to idea of the National Ride, we often get wide eyed looks of shock and awe at how far our missionaries will ride. That’s also usually followed by, “In the July heat? Do you know how hot it is? There’s just no way!”
When I look into someone’s eyes, either a student mom at our weekly family dinner or a stranger I pass on the sidewalk, I experience an invitation to see the other as someone to behold, no matter who they are. Every day I’m presented with countless opportunities to choose to gaze at their humanity and be moved by it, or to choose comfort and passivity.
It’s possible you have or are facing a “delay” in your life plans today. Trust in God and His plan. At times it may be difficult, but God is working in all our delays and troubles. The end result will be better than you can imagine!
Everytime we allow our hearts to be moved and act on it, we take one step closer to becoming like Jesus. We take one more step toward holiness. We take one step closer towards being the worldchanger God calls us to be. There are so many ways God might invite you; you just have to be willing to let him.