By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. November is National Adoption Month. Over the course of November, we’ve posted new and re-posted older stories about this life-affirming alternative. In some ways we saved the best for last.
Oh, my goodness, another incredibly powerful pro-life video, this time from John Elefante, the former lead singer of the group “Kansas.” I learned about “This Time” from Charisma News which explains that the video shares the story of the birth of Sami, Elefante’s adopted daughter, whose 13-year-old mother came perilously close to aborting Sami.
“I can’t imagine life without my daughter, Sami, and it just breaks my heart that pregnant young women much like her birth mother, instead of choosing life for their babies, are denying them the chance to be born,” Elefante tells Abby Carr. “If our song can in any way bring attention to this issue and encourage those who are considering abortion to choose life through options such as adoption, then we couldn’t be happier.”
So, why is “This Time” so incredibly moving?
For starters, Elefante does a marvelous job setting a real-life stage: a very frightened (barely) teenage girl discovers she is pregnant. Scared out of her wits, she slams the bathroom door on her mother and races to the “solution”: the abortion clinic.
When a girl or woman is at the abortion clinic—let alone in the operating room itself—the pressure to “get this over with” is unfathomable. And the staff is there to make sure “it” gets done.
The clinic staff is shown restraining her from leaving, which is not uncommon. “You’re still young, we see this all the time.” To them, this is just routine, last-minute panic. She pleads to be able to call her own mama “to help me find my baby a home.”
The young girl falls into a half-asleep and dreams of being with the little girl she is carrying and about to abort. It would likely take something as powerful as a “picture” in her mind’s eye to convince her that abortion is desperately wrong.
That and the assurance that God Himself was telling her
You’re not taking this one! She’s Mine!
She’ll grow up to seek My name.
You’re not taking her this time
As I re-watched the video this morning, I realized how much depth and breadth there is to this story and how much I had undervalued parts of it. Sami’s teenage mother does make it to the phone to call for her own mother.
But she still has to find her way out of the abortion clinic and all she finds are…dead ends! There is no way out.
At this moment of desperation, a young girl suddenly appears. They clasp hands and run to safety…together.
The last scene takes place outside. Her mama has arrived, and the teenager wants the little girl to come with her. But, of course, she cannot. She was a vision sent to save them both.
The music, as you would expect from a multiple-Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, is just tremendous. It just flat-out soars.
The lyrics tell the story of why she ran to the abortion clinic….and why she chose life.
Take four minutes out of your busy day and watch “This Time.” Believe me you’ll be forwarding this video to all your friends and family.