Focal passage: Jeremiah 1:4-10
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah to remind him that God created him, planned for Jeremiah to serve Him and would equip Him to do what He called him to do. He encouraged Jeremiah to not see himself as only a youth and to not be afraid.
God speaks the same message to each of us today. He created us, He has plans for us to serve Him and He will equip us in how to serve Him. God’s design of each of us, before we were born, communicates clearly the value of each human life.
This past Fall, I had an amazing experience participating with a group who demonstrates their understanding of the value of human life, specifically the unborn. The organization, Love Life Charlotte, partnered with churches to “create a culture of Love and Life that will bring an end to abortion in Charlotte in 2016.” (lovelifecharlotte.com).
I participated in a prayer walk at the site of the largest abortion clinic in Charlotte. We participated in week 29 of a 40-week event. We prepared with worship, instructions, then began the prayer walk to the site, listening to the same worship filled music play list.
Once at the site, we experienced opposition. We continued to pray, the leaders of the event encouraged us and shared words of testimony. The encouragement was valuable as we were the target of words, signs and actions that mocked us, ridiculed us and so very sadly, mocked the power and name of Jesus.
The resistance to the Sanctity of Human Life was felt tangibly by our group. As we walked away from the clinic to continue a loop around the area, we had the privilege of walking by the mobile ultrasound unit available to any woman heading to the clinic. This unit offers life and hope for those who have the courage to stop there first.
There is a place for each of us to get involved with those who need the love of Christ to remember that their life is valuable. What is God calling each of us to do as we prepare for the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday?