On Thursday evenings I look forward to seeing the prompt that Kate Motaung has chosen for Five Minute Friday. I enjoy linking up with this community of writers and seeing where the word takes us. Today’s prompt is: INTENTIONAL
I was born in the 1950s, before the b.c. pill became widely available
My mother had five of us. The women in my church had anywhere from three to five, maybe six children. My aunt had six children.
I was just out of nursing school when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. I still remember the young woman that was brought in to the labor and delivery unit where I was working. She was there for a saline induction and as I understood what was happening, I was horrified. The baby would die before being delivered.
The next day I went to the nurse manager and told her that I could never be assigned an abortion case. I wrote a letter about my conviction, and it was placed in my file at work.
I grew up in a different age. The sexual revolution has made things seem common, things that are harmful to women.
I want my granddaughters to know that they should protect their bodies. I want them to know that sex is a deep bond reserved for marriage. It is just one part of a life-long commitment to one man.
I want them to know that sometimes pregnancy is a surprise, but it is always a gift. Motherhood is hard; it is a self-sacrificing role, but it has many joys. It is a time to get close to God. A time to lean in to Him for strength and guidance.