Sanctity of Life
By Chastity Osburn
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”
God’s plan is for life, friend. How precious and beautiful are life and the life of an unborn child? We are fearfully and wonderfully made by our God.
January is Sanctity of Human Life Month and many churches will observe January 22, 2023, as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This day is an opportunity for churches and pastors to focus on the value of all human life and that life is a sacred precious gift from God. Every unborn child is precious to God and created for a purpose, Psalm 139 tells us this so beautifully from the Bible. I love Psalm 139:16 where David writes that our days ordained for us are written before any of them came to be. God had a purpose and plan for our lives before we were ever born. God thought of you and me before we were ever conceived. How exciting is that!!
This year will be the 39th year our nation has observed the sanctity of human life. This year we are celebrating the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Over 63 million lives have been lost to abortion since 1973. It is the leading cause of death. Our society refuses to recognize it. After 50 years since abortion was made legal in the United States, many lives have been saved since the overturn in June of 2022, however, we still need to pray for the ending of abortion. Pray that hearts and lives are changed to choose life.
North Carolina continues to make abortion legal and many from surrounding states travel to our state to obtain an abortion. Chemical abortion is on the rise and continues even in states where abortion is illegal. We need to pray that our nation will see the sacredness and value of all human life. God creates all life. He is the only giver and taker of life.
There are many ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Celebrating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is one way to protect unborn lives. A day to bring awareness by sharing the truth about abortion and its devastating effects. Many lives and families have been affected by abortion. Statistics are 1 in 4 women by the age of 45 will have had at least one abortion. Many women and men are hurting from a past abortion. Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is a perfect opportunity also to extend grace and forgiveness to those that are suffering from the guilt and shame of a past abortion. God forgives those that have had an abortion. Post Abortive women and men are in our churches and need to hear the message of God’s grace. The enemy uses abortion to keep many bound and Christ came to free the sinner as it is written in the verses of Isaiah 61:1-3. What can you do? Pray for the ending of abortion in our state, and nation. Pray for mothers to choose life for their babies and know that there is hope. Pray that they will be guided to the help and support that is available to them. Support your local pregnancy centers and ministries. Pro-life ministries are at the frontlines and they need prayers, financial support, donations, and volunteers to help them continue the work that God has called them to do. It is my prayer that we will walk into the new year with a thankful heart for life and take every opportunity to stand, support, and defend all life.
Blessings in the New Year.
In 2018, the Lord put on my heart the calling to reach out to those hurting from loss. Anne Ministries began in September of 2018. Anne means “grace” and that is what this ministry is about, extending God’s grace and allowing Him to heal your deepest hurt. This ministry reaches out to those hurting from abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. The ministry expanded in 2021 offering pregnancy support services to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Chastity and her family attend Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newland, NC. You can purchase her book, His Grace Covers All, on Amazon HERE.
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