By Carol Tobias, President
Let me just start by saying I LOVE Hallmark Christmas movies. I know when the new ones are airing and I either watch them in real time or put them on the DVR for later viewing. What’s not to like? The people are attractive, they live in beautiful houses (which never seem to need cleaning!), and everyone lives happily ever after.
Christmas is called the most wonderful time of the year.
Many of us have loving families, wonderful friends, good jobs, and a nice house (even if not like those in the movies!). We look forward to Christmas parties and gatherings with loved ones and Christmas cards and church services.
But I do understand that real life isn’t wonderful for everyone at Christmas, let alone like a Hallmark movie.
Many people don’t have a stable family life. Many don’t have the education or the job skills to earn a “nice” living. Their home environment is very much wanting.
Americans traditionally open their hearts and wallets to help those in need during the holiday season.
The Salvation Army has bell-ringers outside stores to accept donations to help those less fortunate. Stores and organizations set up angel trees so that caring persons can buy clothes or toys for children whose Christmas isn’t as bright as ours. Churches collect donations of food to help those who may not have enough.
Although many churches serve meals throughout the year to help the homeless and others “down on their luck,” volunteers and food are more plentiful at this time of the year.
What does all this have to do with pro-lifers? What I love about pro-lifers is that while they have the optimism and enthusiasm to want to help make life for others a little bit more like a Hallmark movie during the Christmas season, they also have the compassion and energy to work throughout the year for those whose needs don’t stop on December 26.
Pregnant women with untimely pregnancies are deeply concerned about how they are going to raise their babies. The pro-life movement responds with emotional and material support, in many various ways, to help her get through a difficult time in her life.
People in the pro-life movement have met too many women who are suffering the consequences of their abortion, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We know fathers and grandparents who will never meet the family member killed by abortion. So we work to elect candidates and pass laws because we don’t want unborn babies killed and we don’t want women hurt.
The care and compassion of the pro-life movement is more reflected in a movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George Bailey is despondent and taking stock of his life. Was it worth it? Did he accomplish anything? Would the world be better off if he had never been born?
I see the prolife movement as Clarence, George’s guardian angel. We want everyone to know that their life has value. We want our society to recognize that each and every life has an impact on so many other lives. We want everyone to see what we lose whenever an innocent human life is taken, whether by abortion or euthanasia.
National Right to Life has a flier/bulletin insert that reads “Infinite Possibilities” and lists possible characteristics and careers for every baby. We have an award-winning DVD entitled “A Baby’s First Months: Infinite Possibilities” that conveys the beauty of the unborn child’s development.
Often pointed out is that the woman or man who has been aborted may have been the person who discovered a cure for cancer. Someone who would be as musically talented as Beethoven was never given the chance to make music history because his/her life was ended before he/she was born.
Each and every life, like George Bailey’s, has value. Each life is unique and cannot be replaced.
So to all the Clarences of the pro-life movement, keep up the good work! Keep that optimism and energy going because the world needs more of it. We need to keep reminding our society that every life makes a difference.
Enjoy the wonderful blessings of Christmas. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Rejoice in the Savior who came to bring eternal Life. And know that you are also a George Bailey. Whether you know it not, you have made a difference in countless lives.
And may God bless you for that.