I haven't had the passion or energy to sit down and write my list of "what I know for sures" until today.
The first thing I know FOR SURE is that I am alive!
And that is a big deal...today!
On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States of America legalized abortion. I know that FOR SURE! It was written in history and has been a controversial "hot" topic for 40 years. Since that time 55 million Americans have been aborted. I don't know for sure that 55 million is a 100% accurate account for the number of abortions over the course of 40 years, but I DO KNOW FOR SURE that many, many. . .too many babies have been killed because of this ruling on this date in 1973.
You know what else I know for sure?
I KNOW FOR SURE that on this date, January 22, 1973, there was a young, unwed, teenage girl who was 2 months pregnant and scared. I know this because she was my mom, and she was pregnant with me! And because of the scientific advances over the years in the area of obstetrics I KNOW FOR SURE that my heart was beating within her.
I also KNOW FOR SURE that on January 23, 1973 it would have been perfectly legal for her to have had an abortion. It was still the first trimester. Having a baby in high school wasn't socially acceptable. The circumstances were not ideal for raising a child.
Abortion was not an option in her heart, but it was an option nonetheless!
And I KNOW FOR SURE that my mom intentionally chose life for me, despite the Supreme Court ruling, despite family opinions, despite her own fear.
I KNOW FOR SURE that she was brave.
I KNOW FOR SURE that life wasn't easy for a lot of years because of her decision.
I KNOW FOR SURE that life wouldn't have been any easier living with the consequences of abortion had she had one.
I KNOW FOR SURE that because of her decision, I have a voice on the matter. . . because her decision mattered to me.
I KNOW FOR SURE that I survived Roe vs. Wade, but many babies did not.
I ALSO KNOW that God is the creator of all life, knitting us together from conception. And we are called children of God. Some children, like the 55 million, just get to be with their Father way too soon.
I KNOW, too, that Jesus heals the brokenhearted moms who have chosen abortion, that He will comfort them in their mourning, and turn their shame into honor. Isaiah 61: 1-3,7
I KNOW that today I am thankful for life, for the hope in His Word that I believe with all my heart, and for my mom.
"O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption." Psalm 130:7