For You From The Word
Carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
For You To Think About
When Willa faced her third unplanned pregnancy in four years, she googled “abortion providers in Nashville.” Two past abortions made another one seem likely. But the search engine directed her to Hope Clinic, one of the largest pro-life pregnancy centers in Tennessee.
Willa met with a counselor at Hope Clinic … and went back the next week to talk to the counselor again. She learned her future wasn’t over. Clinic staff didn’t tell her she was crazy to have a baby at 19, unmarried, and work an $8-an-hour job. Instead, they provided support.
Nevertheless, her decision to choose life was not easy, says Willa. Like many of the clinic’s clients, she experienced warring emotions both during pregnancy and now as a mother. “It is better my son was born, that he’s with me,” she says. “But it’s not like it used to be.”
Now, nearly two years later, she continues to see a Hope counselor regularly, bringing along her 1-year-old son. The clinic offers points in exchange for counseling visits. Willa has been able to accumulate enough credits from counseling visits to “buy” donated baby food, maternity clothes, formula, diapers, and baby gear.
Willa’s experience underscores an invaluable truth in the fight for life: pregnant women need more than a one-time counseling session. They need ongoing support as they carry their children, give birth, and raise the next generation.
For You to Pray
You created us to be Your hands and feet to each other. Move in many to provide ongoing, one-on-one support for those who face an unplanned pregnancy.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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