Honoring God’s creation of human life
    January 10 2017 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    At long last, the new year is here. Fittingly, many of us spend these opening months of the year thinking about new beginnings – new lifestyle changes and new goals for the year among them.
    One particular new beginning, however, is on my mind along with others this time of year: the new beginning of human life.
    I like to think that most Baptists believe that all life begins at conception, which is why we designate a special time each year to celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
    Every January, the Southern Baptist Convention selects a Sunday as a time to underscore the miracle and gift from God that is human life.
    The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has put out statistics on abortion rates in America dating from 1979 through 2013, and it breaks my heart to read them. In 2013, there were 664,435 reported, legal abortions in the United States, which amounted to 200 abortions per 1,000 live births. Most of the women who had abortions were in their 20s.
    Though these numbers are dire, I know that the Lord is still working in the lives of many who are considering abortion.
    I am so thankful for the many pregnancy centers throughout our state that help these expectant mothers to consider other options for their newborn infants.
    Please join me this month in praying that mothers who are considering having abortions would come to the understanding that the fetus within them is much more than a mass of tissue.
    It is a human being into whom God has breathed life and is developing this little person so that it can experience physical birth and begin a life of its own.
    Pray that these expectant mothers will feel God’s strength and know that He will be present with them during their journey of giving life to a new baby.
    Pray also that they would be reminded that there are families who would be overjoyed to adopt their child into a loving home – this is another option for expectant mothers, and it is one that I truly believe mirrors the way that the Lord has saved and adopted us into His spiritual family.
    Local churches and individuals must stand ready to spiritually support and also financially assist the unwed moms who are brave enough to give birth to their baby.
    During this month, let’s not forget to remember in prayer those mothers who have had abortions in the past.
    Many of them come to the realization that they have ended the life of their child soon after the procedure – and that realization is understandably painful.
    Our Heavenly Father has no short supply of mercy and grace for these parents – He loves them, just as He loves their children in heaven and He offers forgiveness and opportunity for a new walk with Him.
    As we celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday this month, I ask you to pray for an end to abortion in this nation.
    For You formed inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works” – Psalm 139:13-14.


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