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Reflection on Abortion

"The word of the Lord came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you." (Jeremiah 1 :4-5 NAB)

God Meant it for Good
I was not going to write a devotional today on abortion out of fear of offending my pro-choice friends and family, but I realized that remaining silent would be an offense to God. I write this opinion piece in hopes that eyes and hearts will be opened to the truth; that our culture is a culture of death. A culture that has aborted 59 million babies in a forty year time span cannot be seen as anything but a culture of death. Obviously the world's public relations department has done an exceptional job marketing this offense as a woman-friendly medical procedure, as I, too, once believed this to be true. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I understand that not all women hold the Christian faith as their compass for right living, but I speak especially to those women who do. If abortion was ever an acceptable solution in God's eyes we must ask ourselves some questions. What if Mary, the mother of Jesus decided that abortion was her only recourse? A Jewish woman betrothed to another man and found to be with child could be stoned to death for the sin of adultery. If anyone would have a viable reason to end their pregnancy, would it not be Mary? Yet Mary chose life despite the fear that must have gripped her heart. That choice gave us our savior Jesus Christ, and from now on will all ages call her blessed (Luke 1 :48b NAB).

What if a child is conceived by the act of rape? The perpetrator of such a crime does not incur the
death penalty, so why should this helpless child, who is also a victim, be sentenced to such a fate? Every life is sacred. Every life is acknowledged by God before being formed in the womb. If this
scripture is true, then even this child, too, was known by God before the crime ever took place. This
is what scripture tells us, and we as Christians need to listen.

I mention this scenario, because many of my friends believe that abortion is acceptable in cases such as this, and I respect their position even though I strongly disagree. I have researched and discovered that less than 1% of rape cases result in a pregnancy. What if that 1% viewed their baby not as the product of a crime, but instead, a gift from God, that by choosing life would bring a supernatural healing that abortion could never hope to bring? As Joseph said to his brothers who sold him into slavery, and left him for dead: "Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people." (Genesis 50:20 NAB), so we too can see whatever circumstances that befall us as another opportunity for God to redeem us.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, welcome all the beautiful babies into your heavenly kingdom, and bring
forgiveness, healing, and peace to all who have been hurt by abortion, Amen.
- Tanya Lynn Devotionals on Facebook.

Prayer for Life
Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew amoung your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.