By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
What might seem like an ordinary trip to the supermarket can be an occasion to witness the sacredness of life, if one only has eyes to see and ears to hear.
I was reminded of this recently during a hasty trip to my neighborhood grocery store. I had dashed in to pick up tortilla chips and salsa for a staff luncheon with shrimp quesadillas on the menu (Our National Right to Life affiliate knows how to celebrate potluck staff meetings in style.)
As I made my way to the self-serve checkout, I spied them—a mother with three little children in tow. The clerk smiled at them, and I couldn’t help but smile as well. They brought joy to the ordinarily humdrum task of paying for groceries.
The mother was a pro. As the family made their way out to the parking lot, she balanced one child on her hip, with the other two holding hands beside her. I was reminded of the days of my youth, when my mother, my sister, and I would walk to the neighborhood grocery, hand in hand.
And I thought to myself, “If only a pregnant woman contemplating abortion could see three or four years down the line, when her child was preschool age. If only she could foresee the joy that that child could bring. If only she could see part of the journey ahead, with her child by her side. If only she could foresee the laughter and the hugs and the crayon drawings with the caption, ‘I love you!’”
I am so grateful for the many, many people who open their hearts and even their homes to pregnant women facing challenging circumstances. These 21st century heroes help to point the way for women who are struggling to see past the present moment in time. They journey with women throughout their pregnancies and even beyond.
Consider extending a helping hand to a pregnancy resource center this week. You never know what hearts you might change and what lives you might help to save!