Thursday, 30 December 2010

Slaughter of the Innocents

I saw this card on the notice board in my local Catholic Church. The message comes from a place that might be difficult culturally and theologically for some. I do, however, think abortion is wrong. Yesterday was the memorial day for the Slaughter of the Innocents by Herod.

In my own life I have had long periods of illness which were at times horrendous and I would not wish on anyone. Doubtless you have had your own health struggles. However, if someone had asked me before I came on earth ‘as you are going to suffer badly in your life wouldn’t it be better if you did not live?’ looking back I would be appalled. We all have the option to learn and use our suffering. I know of a girl, born in poverty, who has no arms who was abandoned by her parents. She is a joyous girl, without bitterness, who plans to study psychology to help other children.

Also, if a child is an inconvenience to one set of parents it may not be to another. I am going to pick up a kitten tonight and give it a home. The kittens were unexpected and the owners of the mother cat have no room for two more cats. However, I and someone else will not see these lives as a nuisance but as a blessing.

For thou didst form my inward part, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139.13

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1 comment:

  1. Imagine Suzannah Wesley having two abortions, she did have lots of children. There would be no John and Charles Wesley with their lovely hymns and one is even a Christmas carol. No great evangelical awakening, nothing.