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Jan. 12, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Life - a precious and sacred gift

By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

The psalmist confesses: "Your hands made me and formed me." God has clearly made us who we are.

From the very first second of our existence, God has put us together and made us who we are. He has given us a heart to pump blood, lungs to breathe air, eyes to see, ears to hear, legs to walk with, and so much more.

The human body is a miraculous thing, as God has molded us to be what we are. The life that God has given us is a very precious gift. It is sacred.

Sadly, however, the world does not view life as such a sacred gift. Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Jan. 22, 1973, to legalize abortion, more than 43 million unborn children have been killled in the United States alone.

God creates life and we intentionally seek to destroy it. Abortion is sinful and God detests such a practice. It destroys life, which God has created and loves so richly.

Yet, there is still good news for us. Jesus came into this world to save us sinners (Matthew 1:21). He died on the cross for all sin - even the sin of abortion.

If you are a person who has had an abortion or been involved in it, know that Jesus came and died on the cross for that sin.

If you are a person who has been silent for these 31 years of the holocaust on the unborn children, then know that Jesus came and died on the cross for those sins.

If you are a person who thinks that you are above such terrible sins, then know that Jesus came to die on the cross for your self-righteousness and all other sins.

Jesus has viewed human life as such a sacred thing that He came to suffer, die, and rise from the dead so that we might live. Life is sacred.

As we live in this world which does not seem to value life, we, too, pray the words of the psalmist: "give me understanding to learn your commands." As we pray these words, we can also give thanks that the Lord God has given us such a gift.

God has created life to be the precious gift it is. So, also, he has redeemed us through the blood of His son, Jesus Christ. We do not have the right to end such a life.

It makes no difference whether a life is ended by a doctor, a morning after pill, or a criminal on the street, ending human life in these ways is sinful. Ending human life in such ways is an attack against the sacred gift God has given to us.

This month and throughout the year, let us continue to pray that the Lord God would bring an end to such a barbaric and evil practice like abortion. So, also, let us go to the Lord God and continue to ask for His forgiveness for this sin and all others, knowing that on account of Jesus, we will receive such forgiveness.

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