To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Refuge

She's seventeen...he said he loved her...the baby will be born in July...the boyfriend abandoned her when she refused to have an abortion.
On April 21, 2009 the Dominican Republic voted an amendment to their constitution that life...all to be protected from conception to death.
In the same week the US passed a law that made the "morning after" pill available over the counter to seventeen year olds. The same age group of children that aren't allowed to vote or get a tattoo or body piercing without a parents consent...can now buy an "emergency contraceptive".

There were 2,900 deaths reported in Escambia County in the year 2006. There were also 4,478 births that year. There were 2,659 abortions performed that year as well. In Escambia County...not some place away from our neat and tidy little world but our neighborhood...our community...our city. Two thousand six hundred fifty nine.

Last night Rob and I went to a banquet to celebrate 20 years of ministry at Safe Harbor. Last year the women's resource center had over 1000 client visits. They did 412 pregnancy test and 118 ultrasounds. They know for sure that out of all of those numbers that 49 women choose to have their baby rather than abort.

You probably have shaken your head and tsk-tsked such awful stories...such horrible numbers. But it isn't enough. We need to engage in the battle that so few are fighting. I still have little ones at home so volunteering isn't in option for me right now. But there are other ways I can help...resources I can offer like items for their Baby Boutique that makes maternity and baby clothing & supplies available for the women. Rob and I settled on a dollar amount that we will give over the next three months. I've been wanting to quilt for a while but was a little bit intimidated at large projects and a baby blanket may be just the right size. And I will pray...for the counselors...the women...the unborn...for Safe Harbor and the people who support it's work and ministry.

Here in Milton we have the Pregnancy Resource Center. Many of their needs and services are the same as Safe Harbor's. One thing they do have on their website is a way for someone to "adopt" a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Although they cannot give you an actual name so as to protect their identity, you covenant to pray for that woman and her child. You can also request to help with any specific needs that family may have.

One of the things that came to me last night listening to everything was this...our giving whether time, monetary or materially, our very prayers are an act of worship. They are also acts of war. And I found myself wondering...contemplating if I was even in the war.

Something else to consider is the strength found in numbers. One person can do something...and one person can make a difference. But what happens if a group decides to do something? Get with your Mom's group, or your homeschool co-op, or your Sunday School class, community group, ladies group, men's group, teen group...grab a neighbor or something. Because when we come together we can make a bigger impact.


melisa said...

My background is in ultrasound and have meant to volunteer all year Stay on me Marty...make me do it...get behind me!

Anonymous said...

It was worth the wait!!!!
Stay with it baby girl.

Paula said...

You put it quite elequently! What a wonderful cause to fight for.