If the possibility of suffering is the foundation upon which is built the philosophy of so-called "merciful" abortion and euthanasia, then not one of us is safe from those wielding that bloody sword. Even those wielding it must one day face another wielding it in their direction. Cherry Bieber

February 1997 - Quote from Mother Teresa at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady - "What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

KJV Psalm 94:16-23 "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, 'My foot slippeth;' Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And He shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off."

"We do not stand any taller nor is there any work we do that is any greater than when we stand strong for the unborn child." Alabama State Senator Greg Reed

Other commentary I have written can be read at www.onthewritenarrowpath.blogspot.com

My husband's great blog is at www.christianease.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

To Love One Another

I have received E-mails from very angry women.  Due to content, I have not been able to post them on my blog...but my heart has been touched and I do not want to cast these women aside as if what they think and feel means nothing to me.  I am not so far removed from most of them.  I am in no way calloused to the conditions and circumstances that often lead people to the disparity that draws them to thoughts of abortion and euthanasia. 

I remember being sixteen, pregnant, unmarried, and absolutely terrified.  I remember hearing, "You only have one option!" and "This is not a doll you are carrying!"  I remember running away to another state and hiding out for a time for fear that others might be able to kill my baby.  I remember the two years of nightmares that someone took my child.  I remember being told repeatedly that I was an idiot and that there was no way that I could possibly be a decent mother.  I remember my failures.  I also remember the things that my child suffered because of my immaturity.  I can't tell you all of those things without also telling you that I remember standing by the crib day after day as my baby slept and marveling how God knit this child together in my womb and that I look at her today and the many, many grandchildren the Lord has blessed me with through her.  Yes, there were things that we suffered because of my youth and immaturity.  However, I have never once looked at her and thought that she had been better off aborted!  I remember looking at her as she lie on a hospital bed at the age of 27 when we didn't know if she would live or die.  I watched as the toxicity from a spider bite drained the life out of her and praised the Lord that He had allowed me to conceive her, Love her, birth her, raise her, and know her.  I praised the Lord for the many wonderful things He had manifest in her life even using those painful times of being raised by such a young, immature mother.

I also saw my parents suffer before the Lord took them home, but never once felt that euthanasia had been a better option for them.  As the phrase, "Death With Dignity" becomes increasingly popular; I realize that this is a term created by those who didn't want to be bothered with the care and nurturing of those whose conditions were more needy.  According to my heart, my parents did die with dignity!  They were not perfect people, but I know that they always did the best they could with what they had.  In the last days of their lives on this earth, I was able to tell them how deeply I Love them and how thankful I am that they gave me life. 

A few years ago after very reluctantly agreeing to have lunch with an antagonist, I learned something I will never forget.  I had agreed to the lunch with hopes that this individual with whom I am forced into association would understand that she was not going to make me see things in her liberal view and that, for the sake of the relationship we could not avoid, we needed to agree to disagree.  Soon after we arrived at the designated meeting place, it was clear that this was just another attempt on her part to wear me down.  I was irritated and certainly had no appetite for food as I sat there listening to her drone on about why her liberal views were imperative.  Then I saw him.  There was a man, probably about forty, sitting in the booth across the isle from us.  His countenance was one of the utmost despair and I was immediately drawn into instant prayer for him.  He sat slumped forward with his head in both hands.  Although I had no idea whatsoever what was wrong, I knew that he was in terrible physical, mental, and/or emotional pain.  I continued to pray throughout the meal and my heart truly wept for him.  As we were leaving, I felt that there was something I should do.  I sat in my car for a couple of minutes asking the Lord to inspire me.  And so He did.  I grabbed my small notebook and penned a short note to him.  I told him that he could be assured of God’s Love for him and presence with him because He had taken the time to press his need upon the heart of a complete stranger.  I signed it, “Another child of God.”  I then took the note to his waitress and asked if she could pass it on to him. 

As I drove away that day, I realized that God had a plan.  He desired to press a need on my heart for a fellow human being, for this is how we are made.  We are not to cast aside one another when the need is great, but rather we are to Love one another and lift one another up.  I then came home and wrote the following poem:
Cry of the Heart

There are tears that can be seen
And cries that can be heard
But oft we miss the weeping of one’s heart

The sound of which our human eyes
And ears cannot detect
For these can only understand in part

Words fail to express
Pain beyond the flesh
A wounded heart comes not within such bounds

Look into one’s eyes
Seeing with your soul
Your spirit then can hear the grievous sounds

Weep with them if you will
Let flow the waters deep
A river bearing salve beyond compare

The language of the heart

Then offers up to God
The purest, most sincere, though wordless prayer

Following are just a few of the Scriptures, which command us to Love one another.  We are to value all human life as God values it, which is from the moment of conception. 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Ro 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 ¶ But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 John 3:11 ¶ For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:23 ¶ And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

1 John 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

2 John 1:5 ¶ And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

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