CHOOSE LIFE !




CHOOSE LIFE !

Just before Christmas, my husband Denny and I were in Zimbabwe speaking “life” to 600 high school and college students who came from churches around their country. We explained abstinence and dating boundaries, as well as the dangers of abortion, and the specific addictions of pornography, drugs, and alcohol. We hoped they would heed our warnings and consider the consequences of the choices they make. Multiple times we repeated, “When you wake up in the morning, you have the choice to do God’s Word or to do what the world tempts you to do. Life or death; Word or world.” We also added that the grace of forgiveness can give them a fresh start from a wrongful past. There is hope. Denny and I prayed they would choose life in all its fullness.
Become informed.
As we begin a new year, we have that same choice, no matter what stage our life is at right now. Many of us, having been involved for years in this struggle to protect human lives, may be weary. Or, you may have recently become involved in the pro-life movement. Whatever stage we are in, we need to continue to run this race and finish strong. Quitting will adversely affect our lives and the lives of others, both now and in the future.
HALO members believe every person is entitled to life-affirming medical care in which the paramount principle is the sanctity of human life. HALO’s mission is to “promote, protect, and advocate for the rights of the medically vulnerable.” One way to do this is through education and awareness. Become informed.
Take advantage of every opportunity to increase your awareness of the crucially important life issues that HALO and other organizations address. There are many websites, educational materials, and conferences to help you learn what you need to know, as well as to prepare you to educate others.
Denny and I are always learning. In fact, we just returned from attending an international conference—"Stopping Assisted Suicide in Your State”—hosted by a member of HALO’s Board of Directors, Alex Schadenberg, president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. We will recap highlights of this conference in the next edition of our newsletter.
Be a doer in 2019.
You can be a “watchman on the wall” (Ezekiel 33) so others associate you with choosing life. This can be accomplished by warning your relatives and friends, members of your community, your legislators, etc. about the culture of death that has infiltrated our healthcare system. You can give them information that may help them save lives.
Praying is being a doer, and prayer is crucially important. If we hope to accomplish our mission, we must ask God for his guidance and grace.
After two trips to Africa in four months, my husband and I were tired of flying, so we decided to drive to see our son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren in the western United States. As we drove, our “Choose Life” license plates spoke for us a powerful, visual message to those who saw it.
Denny and I intend to continue to run this race and finish strong. Won’t you join us? Will your message to others in 2019 be “Choose Life!”?




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