This Sunday is known as “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” Well, sort of. Ronald Reagan on the 11th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision (January 22nd 1984) began the practice of declaring the third Sunday in January to be “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” Bush and Bush followed by making the same proclamation as Reagan while Clinton did not and Obama has not. The intent of the day is best summarized by George W. Bush’s declaration from January 2009 just prior to his leaving office:
“All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.”
Abortion is one of those silent yet present issues within the church. It is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and emotionally devastating matters a woman may ever deal with; and most often they must do so alone. The healing from it, apart from the cross, is frankly impossible.
This Sunday, take the time to pray for women who carry this burden in their life. Pray they would find the grace of God in the midst of very real personal pain. Pray for men to take ownership of their responsibility in this area and not cause women to feel as though they have to do something they really do not want to do. And pray for our nation, that as a people we would become convicted of what we are doing and vigorously work towards ending this practice.
Here is a look ahead at a video we will show this Sunday morning: