“Mary!” she exclaimed as she drew her close. “Dear Mary! What are you doing here?”
“Elisabeth!” Mary hugged her and at the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elisabeth gasped and clutched her stomach.
In a loud voice, she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear.”
Mary’s eyes widened in shock. Elisabeth knows? How could she know?
“But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Elisabeth asked, cupping Mary’s cheek with her hand. “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. You are blessed my child, because you have believed everything the Lord has told you.”
Mary greeted the animals as she opened the gate to the pen behind their home. The sheep bleated a response, and she drew closer to have a look at the new baby.
“How are you doing, Treasure?” she reached a tentative hand toward the new lamb and was greeted with a wet nose. She giggled in delight at the new lamb’s curiosity. “You’re friendly.” She scratched behind his ears and slowly withdrew her hand when his mother grunted her disapproval. “Come now, Anna! It’s just me. You know I wouldn’t hurt your baby for the world.”
A nudge from behind her almost caused Mary to topple forward. When she turned to scold the animal responsible, she was filled with regret.
There is something going on in Canada that goes against everything that makes Canada a free country. Those on the alt-left, who believe in abortion, have been going crazy with fear over a movie about a Planned Parenthood abortion provider (Abby Johnson) who saw an abortion and turned pro-life. Theatres have received death threats to their staff and some, because of the possibility that a crazed pro-choicer would follow through with their threats, cancelled the movie. This was after pro-choice people claimed pro-life people would be the ones to cause them harm. How very hypocritical of them.
So why all the accusations and threats? Why don't pro-choice people want anyone to see this movie? The simple answer is fear. The abortion industry is a multi-million dollar industry. Making money off of vulnerable women who believe they have no other choice but to abort their child. So they cater to that fear with the biggest lie of the century - that women have the right to choose. That it's their body. Their right. Their choice. But to carry out that lie you must never let a woman think for one moment that she is really murdering a baby. Pro-choice people hate it when pro-life people associate abortion with a baby. It's why they call it a fetus. And they will do everything in their power to stop women from believing that abortion will hurt a baby. As Abby Johnson says in the movie Unplanned, "The one thing all experts agree on, is that at this stage, the fetus can't feel anything."
We now know that is a lie. And so the narrative has now changed. Pro-life people are now being called anti-choice people. This new term is supposed to make us look bad, but in reality it is having the opposite effect. To call us anti-choice means that those who are pro-choice believe in only ONE CHOICE - to kill a baby. A better term for the pro-choice movement should be anti-life. This lie about respecting a woman's right to choose is the most selfish and insidious lie around. Because in the end it is a choice. The choice to respect life or snuff it out.
Someone has to tell the truth. Unplanned does that.
This is a picture of my cat Cagney. She died some time ago and I still miss her smiling face. She was a very gentle little soul and was as tiny as a kitten. She was about 15 when she died and yet for her entire life, she never weighed more than five pounds. Not because she was sick, but because she was small. We rescued her from Animal control and she was a welcome addition to our family.
I was thinking about her (and a few of the other pets I've had over the years) today, when I came across something interesting in Genesis. Here is the verse I found in the 1917 JPS (Jewish Publication Society) edition:
...all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, whatsoever was in the dry land, died. - Genesis 7:22, JPS
Have you heard about the International Day of the Girl? It is a day established by the United Nations General Assembly, dedicated to highlighting the unique needs and challenges girls face, specifically in developing countries. The need and challenge? Something women in most countries take for granted - sanitary napkins.
This year on October 11, Compassion Canada wants to invite both men and women to help combat a problem, that really shouldn't be a problem at all. But Compassion Canada knows this isn't the case for the women in the 25 countries they’re active in.
Here is the problem - sanitary pads cost approximately one dollar for a package of seven. Unfortunately this is a burden for families living in extreme poverty. As a result, women are forced to improvise. Jacky, the director of the Compassion Child development centre at the Mulatsi Church of Uganda shares the following: “One woman told me she uses newspapers; another, rugs; another, cloth from old blankets; and still another said they cut off part of an old mattress.”
Can you imagine having to do this each and every month? It's bad enough we get periods and all the trouble they can bring, but to have to worry about how to catch our flow? As a woman, doesn't that make you want to send over boxes and boxes of sanitary napkins to Uganda?
There is a better way. And remarkably it has come from the men in this community. At first, they were largely ignorant to the needs of their wives and daughters but when the Compassion team in Mulatsi realized that girls were dropping out of school once a month because they had no way to manage their periods, they knew they had to act.
At first they bought and distributed pads to Compassion beneficiaries. However, this was not sustainable and proved expensive. So they applied for funding to teach their communities how to make reusable sanitary pads. One set of seven reusable pads costs $1.50 to make and will last an entire year. And guess who is making them? The men in the village!
The following comes from the Compassion website: