Friday, October 16, 2009

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


i didn't know it was recognized in Canada too - but apparently, it is.
October 15th is set aside to remember those little lives who have so deeply impacted so many families across Canada.
At 7 pm - our local time - we lit candles to remember our Caleb & our baby Hope - along with other moms & dads across Canada & the United States - creating a wave of light in memory of our little ones.
At 8 pm - we gently blew them out...
It's sad to live in a country that recognizes and protects a mother's right to an abortion at any stage of pregnancy right up to the moment of a child's birth. It's legal to perform abortions on little pre-teen girls without a parent's consent... They take our tax dollars & though the vast majority of abortions are elective - and morally abhorrent to a large percentage of the population, we're forced to pay for them. Women quickly make the decision that will haunt them for the rest of their lives - & are left to carry the burden of their loss alone, unless by some miracle they can meet the Father, who so freely lifts burdens, forgives trespasses, and gives shelter to the hurting, lost.

Oh, God - i'm ashamed of this country i live in...

& yet... a teeny beacon...
A group of individuals that wanted to organize a day of remembrance.
To take the veil of silence and shame that comes with loss, and to replace it with a mantle of comfort & understanding. i've never had an abortion, but i see the fruit of this evil in the way that we as a people respond to miscarriage, stillbirth & infant loss -

Silence.

How can we be fighting to save a 24 week preemie in one wing of a hospital while we are killing a 24 week preemie in another?
Is life precious?
Or disposable?
We are a nation conflicted...
Conflicted, and yet, in grief - i stand shoulder to shoulder with the mothers and the fathers who made the horrible mistake of ending their child's life. Their grief is real - their loss, heartbreaking, and their need for forgiveness overwhelming.
Could there come a time when we would all recognize what is lost... and what is thrown away... and when we hold one another up - and wipe each other's tears?
Could it be, that the first step towards repentance is grief?
Life - breathed into us by the Creator,
The Redeemer -
The only One who is Trustworthy enough to hold it in His Hands...
is precious -
it needs to be protected, and gently acknowledged.







2 comments:

Melissa said...

I've been looking forward to reading this this morning, Paige. Well-written. Thank you.

Kali said...

Beautiful words, beautiful photos.
I stand shoulder to shoulder with you, by His spirit.
"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted, to announce liberty to captives and to open the eyes of the blind." (Isaiah 61:1) This chapter is for you Paige- that with Christ in you, you will accomplish much for His kingdom. I love your heart :)

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