National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

JP: We may not see such a proclamation for some time! See comments from Denny Burk below the quote.

After the inauguration of President Obama the link below was removed.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009 – A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Excerpts:

All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.

The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs.

The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

HT: Denny Burk

President Reagan began the tradition of designating this annual observance (which typically falls on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973).

One thing to note about the President’s action today. Reagan, Bush, and Bush all made the annual proclamation, while Clinton did not. Given his record of support for abortion rights, it is unlikely that Obama will continue the tradition during his administration. So this is probably the last presidential proclamation of NSHLD that we will see for at least the next 4-8 years.

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Calming Assurance

JP: Inspiring article by Beth Horn. Please be in prayer for her.

Calming Assurance

Introduction:

I was 41 in April 2007 when we were hit “out of the blue” with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Another bombshell followed: a 50% survival rate (due to the unknown spread of the cancer). Even as believers, we face fear and grapple with multiple unknowns. I trust that this retelling of how our crisis touched the lives of my family,
my church, and others with whom cancer bonds were forged will encourage your heart in unexpected ways. Immediately following diagnosis, the doctors ordered extensive testing to determine the spread of the cancer. We awaited the results. One evening after putting our children to bed, my husband and I sat down at the kitchen table together. “We are supposed to rejoice,” he said, “What do we rejoice in?” I agreed with the rejoicing part but honestly was at a loss to respond.

I am an optimistic, positive person, but numbed thoughts cluttered my mind. All I could think to reply was that maybe the testing would show that the cancer had not spread—that the prognosis was not as bad as we feared. We realized that we could hang on to that perspective through the testing process, but what if the results came back worse than we were hoping? What would we be able to rejoice in then? Luke 10:20 had our answer: “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

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