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God knew that life would become messy.He knew what we would become. And still He did not ABORT us… He died for us instead…

The Original Sin (Miki de Goodaboom)

I have been reading about the conversion of a doctor who was for thirty years – prior to 1996 – worked as the director of the Western world’s largest abortion clinic. The doctor’s name was Bernard Nathanson.


During the time that this man worked as the director of the clinic he oversaw at least 75,000 abortions – that is 75,000 human lives ended under his watch – 75,000 murders!


During those thirty years, each day as he went to work, Nathanson would encounter pro-life protestors who prayed for the mothers and the children who were impacted by his work and for him as well. And, over time, the Holy Spirit began to gradually soften Nathanson’s heart.


One day, Nathanson saw an ultrasound scan of an unborn child moving inside its mother’s uterus. And something clicked inside his mind, heart and soul. Nathanson left the abortion clinic and gradually – over a period of many years – began to defend the unborn child’s right to life…


The interesting thing about this story – in my mind – is that Nathanson spent his remaining years (following his baptism in 1996) travelling the world and speaking about his experience and his sins to convince others of the dangers and evil of abortion. Nathanson said that his greatest desire was to atone for the sin of murder and to have the opportunity – through God’s Grace – of being able to speak to those souls in Heaven one day to apologise to them.


And I have been thinking about this, because while I do not judge any person who has had an abortion, I do judge the world that allows and facilitates it!

You see, in my mind, abortion is the clearest indication that the Evil One prowls the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

After all, abortion is marketed as a quick-fix for women. It is supposed to make a woman’s life more easy and less difficult. It is supposed to fix a problem – a child that she did not want. It is designed for vulnerable women who feel alone. It is designed for vulnerable women who have no hope…


And yet, what abortion actually does is further isolate vulnerable women and instead of helping women, it most often appears – in many though not all cases – to fix a problem for men by removing their unwanted responsibilities… Even in the terrible and tragic case of conception through incest or rape – claiming to correct evil with evil is no solution for evil at all is it?


Now, men (and women) do not need to take responsibility for the children they father (or mother). Now men do not need to support the women they impregnate and now nobody needs to love unconditionally if things get messy – because we can kill love in the womb before it ever breathed the air…


And that is why this is so evil because that action defeats the whole entire purpose of love…


You see, when God made humans, He gave us free will and because of that He knew things would get messy and complicated. In fact – God knew – even as He created us that we would fall and sin and that He would need to save us because God knows ALL THINGS – and STILL HE MADE US…

Because He loves us – and that is messy – or at least unpredictable…

And this reminds me of Christ’s parable of the scattered seeds in the Gospel of Saint Mark (4:26-34)…

“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-34).


For life is from the Creator and the Creator is Love and Love is messy and unpredictable – at least to our mere human eyes – and because of this, we should give thanks…


Because God knew that life would become messy. He knew what we would become. And still He did not ABORT us… He died for us instead…


And how could I possibly ever thank my Beloved for that?


For with prayer, I stand on Holy Ground where everything is clear. Here. At the Foot of the Cross.

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