Belleville News-Democrat http://www.bnd.com/editorial/letters/story/273876.html
Thankful for Michaels
Imagine if I were a child in the womb, lovingly crafted and cradled
by God and if, for some reason, my mother didn't want me, either through
ignorance or fear or pressure from those who think I'd be too much
trouble. As I listened to my mother's quickening heartbeat as she walked
to her appointment at the Granite City abortion clinic, I might wonder,
as she waited in line for those who would so greedily end my life, if
I'd hear anyone else.
Perhaps I'd hear the pleadings of the local pastors and priests. But
no, they didn't come. Perhaps, as my mother edged ever closer to the
door, I'd hear the mournful beckonings of the local Christian
congregations. But no, they stayed away, too.
But what I might hear, just barely, coming from the sidewalk by the
street, would be the compassionate voice of Christ as spoken through a
loving couple and their children.
Oh, I wouldn't know of their troubles. How they've been maligned and
slandered. How they've been targeted and ticketed. How they've been
assaulted and sued, all the while suffering from the bitter lack known
only to those who understand the true meaning of sacrifice.
But, as my mother began to gently quake and weep as she turned to
hear and as she slowly walked across the parking lot into the arms of
those who know that genuine love must be shown, I would know this: I'm
alive and, like thousands before me, it is due to the efforts of Angela
and Daniel Michael and their dear children.
Someday heaven will reveal all they've done on behalf of the unborn.
But for now, I simply say, "God bless them."
Robert P. Edwards