i once compiled a possible 'do' list for people who wanted to act on behalf of life.
i included things like posting a comment on the Alberta Prolife website, visit a seniors home, buy a gift for a new baby, pray for your local hospital - and it's administration...
and i included on that list the suggestion -
"Decide to have another baby..."
And i had a few people wrinkle their brows and ask me how having another baby could possibly fit on that list with writing letters to members of government and monetary donations to prolife organizations that are having an impact. Maybe it did seem out of place, but to be honest - it was my favourite suggestion. Partly because i think it cuts to the very heart of the matter; embracing life.
i have attended board meetings for various prolife groups over the years - i have read their websites and linked to their articles. i read impassioned pleas for change - that are grounded by scientific evidence; and yet watched the prolife movement in our country (and our neighbour to the south) make little if any progress.
i can't help but feel that it's because we're facing a heart issue.
We say that 'children are a blessing' - but it seems to carry no weight because most of us who are physically able and in our chilbearing years, are actively trying to avoid pregnancy.
& here i'll confess - i'm afraid to post this because i worry that you'll think i'm self righteous or proud... i'm not... i'm messed up, inadequate, and often mistaken. i'll add to that confession by telling you a secret - if i could stop believing that we should be more open to allowing God to grow our families - my life would be a lot easier... but to reject this idea would be too dishonest...
& i find i just can't.