Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thanks Mom

My mom found out that she was pregnant five months after Roe v Wade made abortion legal. She was 19 years old and in school studying to be a dental hygienist. She and my father had recently broken up and she didn't want to get back together with him. I don't think that she had a lot of plans for her future, but I know a baby wasn't part of anything that she had imagined.

A few years ago I asked my mom if she had ever considered having an abortion. "No. Not once." was her reply. She admitted to being scared and even angry that this was happening to her. She didn't feel ready to be any one's mother. However, she knew in her heart that things happen for a reason. No matter how difficult becoming a mother was going to be she could not imagine ending the life inside of her.

My mom wasn't a Christian then. Her reason for keeping her baby had nothing to do with faith or with religion. It was a decision that she made because her heart told her that although a baby would change the course of her life forever, having me was the only real option.

My mom married my dad and I was born six months later. She never finished school. Life has not always been easy, in fact at times it's been really hard. Evenso, I know that she has no regrets. She would be the first to tell you that God used an unplanned and unwelcome pregnancy into something that changed her life for the good.

Thank you mom for never thinking of me as a problem, an inconvenience, a mass of cells, blob of tissue or a choice. Thank you for loving me and valuing the person that I was and would become more than your own hopes and dreams. Thank you for making a decision that made your life harder at the time but later, brought joy.

Today is the 35 th anniversary of Roe v Wade. Since 1973, more than 46 million unborn children have been killed in the United States. Please join me in praying that God would change the hearts of this nation. If you haven't, I would encourage you to look at the Abort73.com website, their button has been on my sidebar for a while. If you agree and you blog, I ask you to consider putting it on yours. I feel like we are at a point in history where it's never been more important for people to see and hear the truth about abortion. Too many blindly believe that the issue is about constitutional rights and choice rather than human life.


Michelle said...

Beautiful post Sarah. I wish others would put away the selfish notion that killing their unborn child will somehow make their life better and fullfill their dreams. Give your momma lots of hugs and kisses today! :)

TheMadMonk said...

Thank you, Sarah, for your post. I appreciate your mother and all others who know when it comes to life, there is only one real choice.

Bethany said...

so well written. I have so many life long friends I love who's momma's were in similar situations and they choose life. I am so glad. I love abort73. I think people need to SEE the truth. I seriously don't understand how anyone could watch those presentations on the site and not see abortion for what it is. It makes me just cry so hard watching those. How can any human look at those images and still say it is just a choice.

On a side note just because I have strong beliefs about this doesn't mean that I don't have a heart for the moms. I know they are on a tough situation. I have several friends that have had abortions and while it makes me sad (and actually every one of them told me they regret it) I still love my friends.

Aaron and I have ordered shirts. He is going to wear some at concerts and I to the gym

Monica said...

What a great testimony. God has certainly preserved and cared for both you and your mother in amazing ways.

mindi said...

I'm right there with you, and I really hope we see Roe v Wade overturned in our lifetime. Sooner, rather than later!!

Jacki said...

Man, that sounds just like my mom! She got pregnant with me when she was 19 (back in 1976) and she and my Dad got married. She never once considered getting rid of me, even though it was hard back in 1976 for two 19-year olds to raise a child. My dad was in the Navy.

Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

Once again, your words give me chills. You are such a loving mother and daughter. You are so grateful to your own mom, and it is coming through to your children as well. You are an inspiration. They are so lucky to call you mom and I am so lucky to call you friend!

Rebecca said...

Sarah, once again you have given me chills just by reading your words. You are so grateful and so blessed and those emotions really do come through in your writing.
I am so glad to call you my friend,