He takes the simplicity – the littleness – of our prayers and actions and multiplies them for His greater glory. We don’t always see the fruit. In fact, we are often tempted to think we are wasting our time and are having no impact.
Today’s update shows just how false those thoughts are.
You may never know your impact ... but sometimes you will see the fruit – and he or she may be in pre-school or kindergarten!
You may not know it until years afterward that your dedicated, prayerful hour in front of an abortion center was a sign of God’s hope to someone going in for an abortion. But when God shows you what He did, it is quite a joy to see!
Here’s an example.
“She was very happy as she now has an 18-month-old daughter,” Angela said. “She also had a conversion at that time and turned back to God.”
That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
— Luke 1:41-44
Jesus not only loves unborn children — He was one himself!
Think about this for a moment.
We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, “She’s expecting a child.” Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there. As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother.
Her gift is already there. The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child “on the way,” but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.
Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem.
As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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