I just have to share about a wonderful event my church held this past Saturday, a baby shower to benefit a local pregnancy center. I was excited about this event, mostly because it felt like a neat way to honor the baby we lost who would have been born at the end of this month. I had so much fun buying and wrapping some baby gifts and gathering up some gently used items of Jodi’s that I could give as well. I’ll admit I got a bit emotional as I thought how, if things were different, we would have been preparing for our own new baby in just a couple weeks. But I rejoiced that a new little life seems to be growing just fine inside me now, and I acknowledged again the strange mix of emotions knowing that her life wouldn’t be possible had we not lost another. Doug and I like to think of it as having an “extra” child waiting on us in heaven that would not have been possible otherwise. :)
Anyway, I was blessed to attend this baby shower mostly because I learned so much more detail about what these centers do for mothers who are in a crisis pregnancy situation. The director shared with us how the center strives to help care for the mother and child from the moment they take a pregnancy test through age 2 of the child. Not only do they help the mothers choose life for their babies, but they encourage them to come in once a month to meet with counselors, take parenting classes, and receive needed items for themselves and their babies, all the while providing caring support and sharing the gospel and love of Jesus Christ. And they are funded and supplied only by donations and staffed with only two employees; the rest are volunteers.
What an encouragement to me to learn more about Christian pregnancy centers. Despite a government that might soon use our taxes to pay to kill babies, there are centers like these all around the country who are fighting evil and making a difference in loving ways. I encourage all of you to find out more about pregnancy centers in your area and see if there are ways you can give and help.
Have you given this Christmas season in a way that really encouraged or brought joy to you? I’d love to hear about it!