Our adoption coalition is in the process of re-doing our entire Heart Gallery. (www.pulaskicountyadoptioncoalition.com)But today, I dropped part of our disheveled Heart Gallery off at Christ the King Catholic Church. Their church has hosted the gallery several times over the past 2 years and are always looking for ways to get the point across to their congregation that there are so many children right here in our county who are waiting on forever families. This weekend they are hosting a reception for 2 of their families who are living this out and finalized adoptions on National Adoption Day. I appreciate them so much! I don’t think any group speaks up more for the pro-life movement then our Catholic friends.
Today reminded me of what God has continued to burrow into my heart about the pro-life issue: it’s not just about saving a life in the womb….it’s about preserving that life from the first breath until the last. Actually, almost 18 years ago, this very issue what what God used to rock me out of my apathy and into the world of foster care and adoption. He simply, yet firmly, said ‘It’s time to put some action behind those empty pro-life words”. After this life altering experience, I would see ‘We Vote Pro-Life” bumper stickers and say out loud in my car “and what else do you do?” The world hears enough judgment and criticism from the Christian community on this issue and certainly we have seen the radical, violent side of this ‘movement’…but what the world hasn’t seen enough of is the Christian community living it out.
When we foster…we don’t have to use words. When we foster…value and respect for life is obvious. When we foster vulnerable children and embrace them as our own, the world sees that these sometimes ‘disposable’ children are worth fighting for. And when the world sees Christ in motion, hearts are changed, destiny’s are altered and a watching world is speechless.