Pick up any newspaper or iPad these days and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by bad or even frightening news. Political scandals, Ebola, Ferguson civil unrest, warring nations, natural disasters—if we dwell on it too much we might be tempted to throw up our hands and run for the nearest cave!
But in times like these—and when haven’t there been times like these—our safe haven is gratitude. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we purposely choose to defy bad news with good news, starting with gratitude that the sun came up and we came up with it—we have life.
But just acknowledging gratitude isn’t enough to sustain victory. Like love, gratitude is far more than what we think or say. It’s what we do.
Teddy Roosevelt said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
So besides being grateful for life itself, we’re compelled to show our gratitude by our deeds. In the battle against abortion, each one of us matters—individually and all of us together. Most all of us pray. Others stand on sidewalks outside abortion mills offering hope to women and men at pregnancy centers. Some write. Some speak. Still others mentor young people into pro-life leadership roles. A few individuals have authority to write legislation, and the rest of us can support them with our votes. All of us can educate ourselves about pro-life issues and talk with our friends, family, church and communities.
And we can be thankful for results! We saw a tremendous victory in Washington, DC, and in many states earlier this month. Pro-abortion activists have become so desperate, shrill and strident, they’ve stopped pretending to be sorry about the so-called “need” for abortion. In its place they’ve shown their true colors, weirdly celebrating abortion as some kind of “good” for women and society. Abortion facilities around the country have been forced to close and many that remain are in legal battles to stay open. The tide is turning against them and they know it.
We’re thankful for all this good news!
Here at Life Issues Institute, we’re grateful for the opportunity to work side-by-side with you on behalf of life. Your stories, support and kind words encourage us, and we hope our efforts help enable you to keep up the fight. Please keep in touch. I love reading your emails.
As I thank God for all of my blessings, I count you among them!