Friday, January 18, 2013

{1973 - 2013} 40 years ago...

40 years ago in 1973 I was a young nine year old girl without a care in the world who enjoyed running through the woods, doing cartwheels, memorizing Bible verses for Awana, and all the other things nine year old girls in the early 70s enjoyed. As a nine year old girl, I didn't pay much attention to the wider world around me. Of course I heard the news as it was broadcast over the radio or while the adults around me discussed the events of the day such as the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, the rising price of gasoline, Watergate, the winning of the Triple Crown by Secretariat, the launching of Skylab, and more.

The one event I don't recall ever hearing about, and that isn't to say that it was never spoken about, I just don't recall, is the January 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade making abortion in the United States of America a constitutional right. The impact or legacy of this decision by our highest court has been the abortion of over 50 million babies in the past 40 years.

Throughout the years of our marriage Dan and I have talked about getting involved in the pro-life movement and have, inconsistently, participated in the local Walk for Life. We've talked about volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy center, but we've never pursued it. Life can be busy, you know. Basically, we've done lots of talking but not a lot of doing. Talk is cheap.

What I'd hate to have happen 40 years from now is to have my sons and daughters reflect on what their parents used to talk about. Not that what we talk about isn't important, but I'd so much rather have them remember what we did -- how we invested our time.

That said, it's time to get involved. A quick search on the Internet gave us the dates and locations of three local-ish events/rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If you're local, click here for events in Vancouver (today from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Clark County Courthouse--we're going!), Portland, and Olympia.

Before I sign off, I'll leave you with this quote (and encourage you to click over to read the full article when you're finished here)...
“In front of every abortion clinic there needs to be a sign that reads, ‘Here by permission of the Church.’” [Francis Schaeffer]

Why is it that forty years later we have made no progress? Why are we no closer to ending this holocaust then we were forty years ago? The key to the answer is found in Schaeffer’s quote. We still have abortion because we permit it. We permit, I would suggest, because we want it. Why though, would we want it?

~R.C. Sproul Jr.
So will you join me in getting involved? Not one of us is too busy, and I just can't believe we really do want it.

Blessings,

~Lisa

PS: Many thanks to my friends Piper and Mary (and RC) who inspired me/us to get off the fence.

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6 comments:

  1. Dearest Lisa,

    This road may not be easy and there will be persicution but it is a road well worth traveling on. ((HUGS))

    Blesssings in Him!
    -Mary

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    1. Thanks for being such a faithful warrior in this battle, Mary. You are an inspiration! ~Lisa :)

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  2. God bless your efforts, Lisa! That old fence does get pretty cozy after we've sat on it long enough...it's tough to get off :-) So glad you're taking action!
    {{{HUGS}}},
    Lori

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    1. Tough to get off but growing increasingly more difficult to not do so. Luther said to go against conviction is neither right nor safe! So glad to be off that fence. :) Thanks for visiting, Lori! ~Lisa

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  3. Heather Anne1/22/2013

    As a senior in college, I took a volunteer training for a local pregnancy care center (then known as crisis pregnancy centers). I thought it was good experience. Little did I know God's plan included an internship at a maternity home and a job as the Executive Director of two pregnancy care centers and an abstinence education ministry for several years. So many women and young ladies honestly didn't know the truth of the child growing within and were overwhelmed with the support they found in a place that would serve them whatever their choices have been or would be. Our society is hurting and needs to know there is hope and healing. Praying alongside of so many Christian brothers & sisters for eyes to see the truth, hearts to be open to healing, and the legal right but moral wrong to be overturned.

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    1. Legally right but morally wrong indeed! Thank you, Heather, for your years of dedicated service! May the Lord bless you for the work you've done, for being His hands to these women in need. :) May the Lord be merciful to us and may He grant a heart in many to get involved in this battle! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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