Thursday, January 26, 2006

Matters of Life

Earlier this week marked the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. While you may never serve on the Supreme Court (then again, you could!), on a more personal level each of us can do our part for Life.

Imagine this . . . your good friend has just dropped a bombshell on you. She's pregnant. She's scared. She doesn't know what to do. What's your first reaction-loving concern or a long lecture? Pause for a moment. Consider your words carefully. The first ones out of your mouth may make a huge difference in what your friend thinks about herself and her baby.

Here are a few things to remember:

Remember . . .your friend most likely feels alone, frightened, and extremely sensitive about her pregnancy. Remain calm and loving.

Remember . . . your friend has been looking for love by giving herself intimately to a boy. Now she feels ashamed and unworthy of love. She needs you to show her God's love and forgiveness.

Remember . . . your friend considers this baby a mistake—a barrier between herself and “normal” life. She needs you to loving remind her that no matter how the baby was conceived, he or she is a gift from God.

Remember . . . there are people available to offer support to your friend free of charge. Help her to get in touch with a local crisis pregnancy center in your area. Many centers offer baby items, parenting classes, support groups, adoption information, and anything else your friend might need during and after her pregnancy.

Remember . . . the decisions your friend makes now will affect her for the rest of her life. Be a friend that she can look back on with favor. A friend who helped her to make a decision for life.

To find a Crisis Pregnancy Center in your area look at:

For information about the first nine months of life try:

Pregnancy Help Hotline:
CareNet 1-800-395-4357

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