Tuesday, September 09, 2008

With What Words Does a Mommy Expose Evil to her Child?

This morning as Isaac and I were reading the bumper stickers that had been sent to my facebook he saw a word there that he often hears, but does not understand. So my sweet boy asked me, "Mom, what does 'abortion' mean?"

How does one explain to such a tender heart that some women choose to kill their babies, and that there are Doctors who will willingly do so? And then to further explain that the laws of our country allow for it?

I took him onto my lap and carefully, briefly, told him the truth of this abomination. He had not known, or suspected, though it's a word heard so very often. Then I told him that this is why we vote carefully for those who would stop it. This is why we pray- not merely for our legislators, but for the Doctors to stop providing this 'service', and for the women who don't understand what they are doing.

I held him tight, cried a little for the women who feel so desperate that they throw away the blessing and privilege of doing the same with their own little ones, and praised my Lord who holds all of us in his most wise and holy, yet mysterious, will.

"Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end...

Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
-Psalm 73:1-3, 16-17, 23-26


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Anonymous said...

This has obviously struck a nerve.
First let me say that nothing unkind was intended.
I was just making a statement...yes anonymously; which I chose to do for a reason.
I make no argument with your scriptural passages- but I was giving you something to "think" about. No one is against "good manners" it is just that putting on "airs" is what appears to be.
I cannot judge your heart I can only make assessments as to what I see.
No offense was ever intended and I apologize for any way in which I offended either of you.

alex minarik said...

Hello again, anonymous one... sometimes this spiritual "acupuncture" of a sort feels more like spears rather than little bitty pins... As one who has been frequently and gratuitously wounded by well-meaning people, most who wear the name of Christ on their collar, I readily stand in defense of those who seem to be recipients of the same kind of "aid" that was bestowed upon me. I apologize if my methods of annunciating my points have been in any way harsh or undeserved.

For the record, I had the blessing of moving in with the Kellys for a month and a half this summer: as for "airs" of elitism- trust me, I've seen it at its finest, and NOPE, it's not in their home. They're letting ME marry their daughter! Haha! What are they thinking??? Apparently being a member of the cool club isn't a prerequisite. Their manners and etiquette are a genuine desire to be considerate of others. I've only eaten a good hundred or so meals with them...participated in every family outing... so believe me or don't. Another thing: I have never beheld a solid depiction of what God's grace really is before living under their roof.

I hope no hostility is perceived in these words. That is not the intent. I am simply trying to dispel doubts. I love 'um... couldn't hope for better in-laws...

May God's grace and peace be bestowed upon you...

-Alex Minarik

Anonymous said...

Respectfully I will tell you that I have known them MUCH longer than you have and I speak with experience. I am not someone who has no experience in what I speak of.
This may not have been the correct venue ; but I do know of what I speak at any rate.
Again, Nothing was meant to hurt feelings in any way. What was meant was a request for a deep consideration of the words that were spoken.
I cannot judge the heart but I think it is something worth consideration.
I do ask you to forgive me again for any hurt feelings that were caused.

Barbaranne said...
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Barbaranne said...

Can we please stop NOW?! I do not want to know who "Anonymous" is. I do not want any more potentially hurtful or inciting things to be said here. This is merely a place for me to keep my extended family and far-away friends up to date with what is going on.

In the midst of all the apologizing there is still plenty of room for hurt.

I'm about ready to shut down any and all comments.

Thank you Alex; you are our Knight in Shining Armor. I am blessed more than you know by your defense and will treasure your words.

Anonymous said...

This has been a timely post - tomorrow I will drive Marie to her ballet class and pass once again the protesters who line part of our route. Each week she notices more about them and asks more pointed questions. It breaks my heart that I will eventually have to tell her about this reality - and I know her heart will be broken as well.