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“Take your time” can be like a healing balm to a woman facing a crisis pregnancy

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In a society that often relies on convenient, ready-made meals, fast food, and online shopping, we have become accustomed to obtaining solutions with minimal effort. However, as the old adage goes, good things take time. Assisting a pregnant woman facing challenging circumstances falls into this category. It requires time to listen to her concerns and to aid her as she discovers the most effective ways to address them. Compassion and care are not rapid-fire responses; rather, they require careful thought and attention to detail. A trusting relationship is not developed in an instant; rather, it is developed over time.

This is why pregnancy resource centers are so vitally important. A caring counselor can visit with a pregnant woman on a number of occasions, helping her to navigate her journey over a period of weeks. The counselor can become a trusted companion, assisting the woman throughout her pregnancy and beyond. She can serve as a source of support when a pregnant woman is abandoned by her mother, the father of her child, or her friends, providing her with the assistance necessary to make life-affirming decisions.

Whenever my parents needed to provide me with reassurance as I faced a daunting task, they would say, “Take your time.” This encouraging phrase can be like a healing balm to a woman wounded by life. It takes time to make a decision to parent or to place a child for adoption. It takes time to adjust to the idea of living for two rather than living only for oneself. The concept of time and the value of care are inextricably linked; time plus care equals love.

Pregnancy center staff and volunteers genuinely love the women they serve, offering hope at a time which can be marked by much darkness. Protecting life, cherishing life, and preserving life all take time. In that space of time, true miracles can occur. Hearts can be healed. Doubts can be erased. The potential for life to be recognized anew and for a child to be saved can be reestablished.

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Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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