For You From The Word
I will send some of those who survive to the nations … they will proclaim my glory among the nations. (Isaiah 66:19)
For You To Think About
Every life is a miracle. Melissa Ohden’s is especially so.
Her birth mother underwent a saline abortion attempt when she was 31 weeks’ pregnant with Melissa. But Melissa survived with no tangible physical or mental disabilities and was adopted by an Iowa couple. She is one of just 14 known abortion survivors worldwide.
Today, Melissa is an unashamed prolife activist. Speaking engagements shuttle her from basement fundraisers to major rallies in Washington, D.C. She recently testified for Iowa and North Dakota legislative committees considering personhood amendments.
But her life is much more than a story of survival. Melissa understands the struggle of an unplanned pregnancy from several points of view – as the conceived child and innocent player in an unplanned pregnancy – but also as a family member, when her sister Tammy became pregnant in high school. “I know how hard it can be to choose life,” she says. As an adoptee, Melissa has searched for and found members of her birth family to offer forgiveness. “I wanted them to know I am okay,” she said. “I’ve had a great life.” Finally, as a wife and mother of a three-year-old girl, Melissa understands the joy new life can bring.
Melissa didn’t just survive. She has thrived. She believes God saved her from certain death to become a voice for the voiceless. Her life is an example of how God can use even the darkest circumstances to offer purpose and hope.
For You To Pray
Help abortion-minded women choose life. Use me to offer purpose and hope in a dark hour.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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