Baby Christian, whose life was saved from abortion by pro-life clinic witness
I recently received an e-mail with a story that made me realize just how important the presence of pro-life sidewalk counselors and prayer warriors outside abortion clinics really is.
You truly can be the sign that makes a woman choose not to have her abortion—and what’s more, you might not even know it. Your very presence outside the clinic can be the sign someone is looking for even if you don’t say a word to them.
The story comes from a woman named Christine and can be found in its entirety on the website of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation along with several other similar testimonies. I’m sure you’ll be as amazed as I was at the story, and I hope it will inspire you to spend some time outside your local abortion clinic. Only the Lord knows the difference you could make. Here’s Christine’s story:
I made an appointment with the Allentown Clinic. Allentown was too long of a wait though, I just wanted to get this over with and move on with my life, so I called Harrisburg. They could get me in right away and I made the appointment. But there was an unsettling feeling in my stomach. Could I really do this?
I ran to one friend, behind Tim’s back because he didn’t want anyone to know. But I was desperate to make sure I was doing the right thing. My friend told me I was doing the right thing, the best thing for everyone. I listened to her and went home.
The next morning Tim and I got up to go to the clinic. I felt sick, sad, and scared. What if it hurts? What if I can’t have kids again? What if something goes wrong? I had just become Born Again and Saved in July!! What was I doing? The Lord is not going to see me through this, will he?
I didn’t know what to do, so I prayed. I prayed and prayed and prayed the whole way down. I prayed for a sign, something from the Lord to tell me NO!! Traffic, a broken down car, anything. The closer we got, the more disheartened I became. We were on the road, getting closer to the clinic, why didn’t I see a sign??
And then, the Lord answered my prayers. The Lord had sent his angels to protest that day in front of the clinic. He sent his messengers to show me the horror of what I was about to do, He showed me a sign. What I saw when I drove up to that clinic in Harrisburg has never left my mind. The photos of death, the people who gave their time to save unborn babies. To this day I can’t see those signs without crying.
I can’t believe what I almost did. I never entered that clinic or even drove in the drive way. I drove past where Tim and I sat and cried for an hour . . . the greatest of all gifts I received from listening to my heart was my son, Christian Timothy. My son was born on April 21, 2003 at 7:47 PM (a real Jets fan by his father). I will never for the rest of my life forget the feeling of seeing him for the first time, of hearing his cry. That miracle that came from my womb, squirming and kicking and screaming with LIFE!! And the blessings have not stopped.
My son is the biggest gift from the Lord I have ever been given. His disposition is unbelievable. He has been smiling since he was about 1 mo. old and has not stopped. His laughter is like angels singing, I have never heard anything like it. He slept through the night and I had to wake him to nurse in the morning. He has made being a mother the most blessed thing I have ever done. Sometimes, I look at him and cry and can’t believe I almost didn’t have him. It makes me cherish and appreciate him more.
It’s amazing that all of the selfish reasons I thought I didn’t want to be a mom don’t even exist anymore. I can’t remember my life before him. He is three years old right now. I can’t express enough gratitude to those people who had volunteered that day, who give up their free time to stand for something they believe in so much. I wish I could thank each and everyone of you. You changed my life. God Bless all of you for your hard work. You truly are angels and I will never forget you.
Love and God Bless Christine, Timothy, and Christian.