BOOM! Ba-ba-ba-boom! Pop. Pop. Pop.
At six o’clock on Saturday morning, loud noises shook my husband and me out of a deep sleep. The night before we’d watched the tragic news about the terrorist attacks in Paris. In my half awake state my mind tried to understand. Could this be related? We were visiting a small coastal town in North Carolina. Yesterday’s events in Europe couldn’t be related to this, could they?
Gunfire continued in spurts throughout the morning. My husband called the local police to ask about it? We learned that the house-shaking booms were Marines practicing at near by Camp Lejeune. The smaller pops hailed the opening of duck and deer season. After the events of the previous day, I didn’t object to being awakened by our Marines.
At breakfast I remarked how sad I felt about what happened in Paris. Larry picked up his phone, “Siri, how many abortions were there in the USA last year?”
I knew what he was thinking. The day before my nephew and his wife had shared a sonogram of their son. We marveled at how clear his small face was. It looked like he was pressed up against a glass window, not a womb.
The media referred to “soft targets” in their coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The fact that terrorists assaulted defenseless people who were enjoying a meal at a sidewalk café, watching a soccer game, or listening to a concert made their destruction all the more horrific. These places are supposed to be safe.
When we talked about the tragedy in Paris, Larry kept picturing our great nephew’s perfect little unborn face. What could be a softer target than a defenseless baby in his mother’s womb?
Siri answered Larry’s question. “Based on available state-level data, an estimated 984,000 abortions took place in 2013—down from an estimated 1.02 million abortions in 2012.” In other words, abortion painfully kills and dismembers 2,695 Americans every day. If you aren’t familiar with how abortions are performed, please read this link.
Have we been lulled into complacency?
One news commentator kept asking her interviewees if we’ve been lulled into complacency. “Could this be a wake-up call for us?” she asked.
I’m afraid in many ways—on the issue of abortion—I have become complacent. The attack on Paris brought out into the open the tragedy any attack on human life is, including aborting a baby in the womb.
My heart aches for those in Paris and for all who suffer horrific disaster. This tragedy was a wakeup call in many ways. May we not be complacent in praying and educating people on the sanctity of every human life (see Genesis 9:5-6).
God’s words apply to us today:
“Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (Pro. 24:11-12 NIV).
Lord Jesus, break out hearts with what breaks Yours. Grant us courage to speak the truth in love. Lift the blindness of our nation and give us hearts of compassion for the defenseless.
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Debbie W. Wilson
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