By Carol Tobias
I wonder if God knew that Americans would use the birth of His son
as the centerpiece of a long holiday season, celebrating three of
the country’s biggest days-- Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New
Year’s-- as one big holiday. I wonder if He knew how much we would
look forward to the end of a year, putting the past aside and
looking forward to a new year. Yeah. I think He knew.
Our holiday season began with Thanksgiving, recognized as a national
holiday almost 150 years ago. Unfortunately, some view the day only
as an opportunity to eat a lot of food and watch a lot of football.
For many, though, it is a day to pause and give thanks to God for
the many blessings He has given us. What am I thankful for? My
faith, my husband, my family, my friends, and YOU.
I am thankful for the thousands of selfless volunteers in the
pro-life movement who give of their time, their talents, and their
money to help others they will never meet.
The late Bob Casey, former governor of Pennsylvania, once stated,
“In the long term, our cultural unease with abortion, this refusal
to drop the subject, is our most hopeful sign of health. Other
countries, sadly, have more or less learned to live with it; they
don‘t see it as anything to get worked up about. But not here. This
thing-- this horrible thing, so contrary to our ideals, our
inclusiveness, our kindness, our love for one another-- has been
grafted onto American society. But it is not a functioning organ,…
it won’t take, it won’t heal. The body rejects it.”
YOU are the reason this country refuses to “drop the subject.” And I
am thankful for everything you do.
I am thankful for those who serve as chapter presidents and
officers, and those who serve on state right-to-life boards or work
for state affiliates; for those who attend meetings, and make plans,
and organize pro-life efforts. Much work is done because caring
people take time to make sure it gets done.
I am thankful for the intelligent, talented, and dedicated people
who make up the staff and Board of National Right to Life.
I am thankful for those who work with pregnancy resource centers,
helping women who are facing the most difficult decision they may
ever make. I am thankful for all the moms who chose life, whether
they are raising their child or placed that child into the loving
arms of a couple better able to care for him or her.
I am thankful for members of Congress who work and vote for pro-life
legislation. I am thankful for state legislators and all elected
officials who work and vote for pro-life legislation in their
There is SO much to be thankful for. I am especially thankful that
God sent His son into the world to save us. There are some in the
pro-life movement who base their opposition to abortion and
euthanasia on human rights and civil rights principles-- human
beings should be protected. But most of us are in this battle
because we believe, as our nation’s founding fathers did, that life
is an unalienable right from God, our creator.
What better time to focus on that belief as we celebrate the holiday
season, from Thanksgiving to God for all He has done for us, to
Christmas, when the King of kings came to earth as a baby to offer
salvation to all who believe.
I’m sure you are familiar with the Christmas story and its wonderful
example for the pro-life movement. Mary, a young single girl,
becomes pregnant. Even after a visit from an angel, she was probably
a bit frightened. What would happen to her? Punishment for someone
in her situation was to be stoned to death. I’m sure she was
relieved to find out that her “boyfriend,” who knows the baby isn’t
his, decides to marry her anyway. This couple moved forward with the
faith that God would take care of them. I wonder if they knew that
the prophet Isaiah was referring to her when, 700 years earlier, he
wrote, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the
virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name
This story can comfort us and encourage us. God knew the dangers
unborn children would face in this current world. He knew that young
girls would be placed in difficult situations. He knew that people
would come forward to protect His little ones. We know that He is
with us in this battle. We thank Him for His guidance and counsel as
we move forward.
As we come to an end of the holiday season and look ahead to a new
year, many of us make resolutions to do something differently or to
do something new, usually in an effort to better ourselves. We do
not forget the millions of unborn children who have lost their lives
to abortion or the vulnerable persons whose lives ended prematurely
because of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and rationing. I’d like to
offer a few ideas for resolutions that will help to make the
pro-life movement even better as well.
1. Find (more) time to help the local right-to-life chapter with a
2. Place bulletin inserts in church publications or place pro-life
brochures in display racks.
3. Attend the National Right to Life convention in June or help
someone else to go.
4. Speak up at work or church in defense of innocent human life, or
anytime life issues are being discussed.
5. When an email from NRLC comes, asking you to contact your members
of Congress regarding an upcoming vote, make that contact then pass
the information along to others.
6. Sign up receive NRL News Today as a daily email, keeping informed
on what’s happening and circulating that information to family and
7. Resolve to work extremely hard to elect pro-life candidates.
These are just a few suggestions. I’m sure you can think of many
other ways you can make even more of a difference in 2012.
Thank you for all you do to protect the voiceless. May you be
blessed with His peace, His joy, and His love.