He could have walked away . . .
They were both young, his girlfriend was pregnant and was being pressured to have an abortion. But instead of walking away, my dad found the courage to propose. Seven months later, I took my first breath having no idea how close I had been to death’s door. I will be forever thankful for my parents’ courage and God’s providence.
Taking a Stand for Life
This Father’s Day, let us rejoice and celebrate fathers who stand up for life and who devote themselves to loving and caring for their families. At the same time, may we come alongside and compassionately embrace fathers who were never given that chance; who weren’t given a voice.
Abortion hurts everyone. The aftermath of abortion takes the lives of our children, and leaves women (like myself) wounded, but also strips fathers of their God-given design as provider and protector, stealing both their voice and their vote when an unexpected pregnancy arises.
Many men swallow the lie that once a pregnancy occurs, becoming a father is a choice – failing to recognize that the moment a child is conceived, he is already a father. The only choice remaining is what kind of father will he chose to be? Courage is a choice.
Courage is a Choice
Father’s Day is more than a date on my calendar. It is an annual reminder that I am alive because one man had the courage to stand for life. I might not be alive today were it not for my parents’ courage.
“Children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” (Psalm 127:3-5)
If you or someone you know has suffered the heartbreak of abortion, my Bible study, Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion, has helped many women find hope. View the Worthy of Love study guide for more details. We all know someone who needs hope!