I had the opportunity to attend the Texas Right to Life Banquet in Houston this weekend. It was the 20th Annual Celebration of Life. This was such an amazing opportunity that not many have the chance to experience. My daughter and I packed a bag and left our humble lives to go rub elbows with some elites. It was a formal occasion with fabulous dresses and fine dining. We heard of all the marvelous milestones that have been achieved this legislative session in the quest of saving the unborn life.
The pro-life movement is alive, well, and growing with Texas leading the way in changing legislation to promote the saving of innocent lives. We heard the moving testimony of Dan Compton of how God saved him from the fate of abortion. He shared his story from his heart and how God continues to work in his life. The man was a dynamic speaker on fire for the Lord. He was such an encouragement to hear from.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
We heard from our very own Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick. This is the second time I have had the opportunity to hear him speak. He shared that we Texans are overcomers, the majority of those who responded and aided in Hurricane Harvey relief were indeed Christians, church groups who accepted the call to help. Church members of all faiths that have stepped up to the plate to help and pray for one another. He really loves our state.
There were other speakers and boy I’d mess up big time if I tried to give any numbers on the subject. There was so much more this is really a pretty meager attempt to summarize. Right to life works on so many things other than just abortion issues. I should have taken notes and been a bit more efficient. Maybe there will be a next time.
Then, Sunday, the very next day we were swept away with the news of a church shooting at Sutherland Springs here in Texas. We had no sooner than put our things down from attending our own church when we heard. This was a small church community of like faith and size to ours. Our hearts and prayers go out to them in this hour of heartache, confusion, and unrest.
While we know that God is at work we have to remember that the evil one is crafting schemes. The evil one is after God’s creation both the living and unborn- it matters not to him which one he disrupts. Anything that God created you can just bet that- Satan seeks to destroy it. All life is sacred. The battle isn’t only fought on the front lines of another country. It is fought right here at home- on our knees in prayer. I can’t surmise why this tragic scene happened. What I do know is that God can and will provide the grace needed for those who survived to walk the path through the flames — if they will just look to him.
I know that seems hard when to say, or even hard to believe when tragedy strikes. My God is faithful and He doesn’t will for bad things to happen to us. He will however- be faithful during our trials. If his people will just pray. . . .
“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
And right now you’ve decided that this woman (me) has drifted off into the crazy patch where the quacks waddle. That’s OK. I’m not offended in the least.
I know from experience that God’s grace is so real and in my life. We have lost the moral high ground in our nation, society, and even in our homes. Christian– we have to get it back. But to do so we are going to have to work for it! We are going to have to put in some overtime burning the midnight oil in prayer and living in repentance to God.
Will that fix everything? No it won’t but it’s a good place to start.
God Bless Texas,