Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
(observed at Hope Church on January 24, 2016)
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
– Psalm 139:13-14
“…recognize and honor the image of God in every human being from conception to natural death.”(from the Essential Tenets of ECO – A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians)
Dear Mom –
Congratulations on your 90th birthday. That is an extraordinary milestone! Still you have the blessing of reasonably good health. Still you find great joy in the simple pleasures of family and friends.
You have lived a rich and full life, with plenty of challenge to keep things interesting. Married for 40 years, and now a widow for almost 30. Mother of four children. Grandmother and great-grandmother. A long career in the administrative support side of Christian ministry.
Along with Dad, you made sure that Jesus Christ was at the center of our family and home. Because of your example and influence, I can truly say I cannot recall a time when I did not know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
You have been the great moral teacher of my life.
You taught me early and often (and still do) to have a heart for the underdog. You care deeply about the vulnerable and marginalized – especially those with disabilities. As the adoptive mother of a son with cerebral palsy (my beloved older brother), you literally showed that every day (and still do).
You taught me to cherish unborn life. I became a teenager 16 days after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Sometime after that, probably a few years later, I remember making a casual remark that abortion could be an acceptable response to an unplanned pregnancy. Like many teenagers of that time, I hadn’t yet thought very deeply about this issue. The vehemence of your response startled me – and shaped me. “But abortion is wrong!” I will never forget that moment.
That day you set a trajectory for my life. But isn’t that what great mothers do? And that is what you are – a great mother.
Your grateful son,
(David Lenz, Lead Pastor)