By Dave Andrusko
Our middle daughter, Joanna, was married last Friday. Our youngest, Louisa, was the maid of honor and delivered a tribute that we will all remember forever.
Below is the conclusion of an editorial that appeared in the Christmas 1993 edition of National Right to Life News! (Louisa referenced that ending in her tender and amusing tribute to her big sister.) It had culminated a series of stories that showed the two characteristics which I find most encouraging about pro-lifers: their relentless determination and their soft hearts.
May I just relay one more story? I think you will agree it drives the point home. It was told to me last week by my wife, Lisa. It seems Joanna, our six year old, had been playing peacefully all day long with her four-year-old sister, Louisa. (That alone should have tipped us off something unusual was in the wind.)
For some reason, Joanna suddenly piped up, “Oh, when we die we won’t be able to play together.” Whether it was the look on Louisa’s face or Joanna’s own tender heart, she quickly ad-libbed, “But we can play together in heaven.”
Louisa, for her part, was not so easily satisfied. “But how will I find you?” she asked anxiously. Easy, Joanna replied confidently. They’d each have their own mansion. “You can look for mine,” she said. “It’ll have a sign, ‘Joanna’s mansion.'” Louisa then looked up at her big sister and responded in her most solemn voice, “But I can’t read!”
I’m told Joanna paused for only an instant. And then in her best it’ll-be-alright-voice, she reassured her little sister, “Don’t worry. You don’t die before you learn to read.”
We laughed, but then, almost at the same instant, we both thought of the 30 million preborn children who sadly, never had a chance to learn to read.
I’m convinced that pro-lifers are given these precious moments not only to make us love our children even more but also to fortify us for the challenges ahead. And because we so love all little children, I believe we have been given special insights into the Lord’s heart.
We know that He expects us to be faithful, just as He is faithful. We know that we are to do all that we can for the babies until He calls us home. That is our awesome responsibility but also our glorious privilege.
When we are in His presence I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there will be mansions waiting for us. I believe the loveliest will be set aside for the children He treasures so much. And may I suggest that the most beautiful mansions of all will be reserved for those who came into His presence before they learned to read.