Praise God for Birthdays

Does ten thousand seem like a lot to you? If we’re talking about dollars to spend, you probably like the amount. If we’re talking about expenses to pay, most likely not. How about if we’re looking at the number of abortions in Wayne County, Michigan . . . in one year? That's a real number, reported for the year 2015. Isn't that figure grossly too large?

On October 20, Kirk Cameron was the keynote speaker at the 25th Annual Fundraising Dinner for AAA Pregnancy Resource Center. I attended the event with over one thousand other people and heard Mr. Cameron describe his conversion from atheist to faith-filled follower of Christ. He spoke of his love for his wife and six children, and explained that none of his family members “would exist in the world today if it were not for kind, compassionate, generous, giving people.” Cameron’s wife Chelsea and four of the couple’s children, you see, were given life through adoption, instead of being killed through abortion.

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Kirk Cameron inspires benefactors during a fundraising banquet to benefit the Christ-centered ministry of AAA Pregnancy Resource Center, located in Livonia, Michigan.

The number--particularly in my own neighborhood--of pre-born infants who are disposed of in this way shocks and saddens me. In my opinion, one abortion is too many. Ten thousand is a crying shame.

We need AAA Pregnancy Resource Center. The non-profit organization relies solely on private donors who make it possible for the center's volunteers to lovingly support men and woman, facing emotional and physical stress from unplanned pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases. The center provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling--including post-abortion counseling, as well as costly items like diapers and formula. All for free. Lives are changed and lives are saved by people who care.

My heart rejoices over this group of men and women who work tirelessly to serve people in my own community and share the Gospel of Christ.

O, Lord, our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all
             the earth!
You have set your glory
     above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
     you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
     to silence the foe and the

                     Psalm 8:1-2 (NIV)

Knowing how much Janet loved children, I thought of her during the banquet. The date coincided with her birthday. She would have been fifty-five.

Janet and Rebecca
Babies are blessings from God. See how they make us smile.
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Secretly, I'm writing fictional stories for children and the inspirational nonfiction biography of Pastor Janet Noble-Richardson. But before those are ready for public viewing, I share pieces of me on Deadwood Writers Voices, a group blog; and on Remembering Janet, the website for the nonprofit charity I’m passionate about. I hope you see my love for God, compassion for people, and enthusiasm for learning in all I do.
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