Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tulips, Rubies and Pearls
This pro-life blog lady is hardly ever around and she is usually late in acknowledging holidays. Does she eat the bread of idleness?
Sometimes I do.
BUT NOT THIS WEEK!!! Really and for truly, it has been a busy week. There have been a lot of stories in the news that I have wanted to address. I thought about just posting the article links only to direct attention to the highlights with no commentary. Many of my readers are already on top of links and the latest news so I did not do that. Any time you want to contribute something new (pro-life related) from your area's news, please let me know.
This is a belated Mother's Day Greeting to all the mom's yonder out there. I share these tulips with you all. I was blessed by my husband, son and daughter on Mother's Day. I would love to share real flowers with all of you but these virtual ones will have to do.
We had our church picnic and our crisis pregnancy center's open house scheduled at the same time. Both were successful and it was a very pretty day weather-wise. It was a pretty fun and exciting day!
Recently, a great deal of renovation was completed at the center. It has been exciting to see the changes of new carpet, fresh paint, updated decor and improved allocation of space. God will accomplish His work in all kinds of surroundings. We have been grateful to have a location that has supplied so much to serve the families of our community. Yet now this same location is now remarkably spruced up which makes the place extra special! Returning clients have commented on how nice it looks. I love it when they come and say, "Do I have the right place?" I have heard that twice now but others at the cpc have heard it too.
Eventually, the goal is to expand with our own building but until that becomes a reality, this renovation will certainly help in the stewardship of the present resources. Plus, it is a bright and welcoming place for our clients to enjoy. God willing, it will just get better. Please continue to pray for this little sanctuary which with His light, shines in a place that has a reputation for darkness. When one also considers that over 3,300 babies are killed every day from abortion, it is also a time of darkness and we definitely need that little sanctuary of Christian hope right now.
Since it was Mother's Day weekend, it was fitting to celebrate the 30,000 new mothers that have been ministered to and served over the past 30 years of operation. It has been because of God's faithfulness and His dedicated servants that our little crisis pregnancy center has stayed open. This community's (churches, individuals, businesses, etc.) generosity of baby clothes, formula, diapers, educational pamphlets, evangelism tracts, monetary gifts, office supplies, hours and hours of volunteer labor/tasks, all kinds of services in the form of cleaning and repairs, as well as hours of outreach.
We have experienced thirty years of this generosity! It is the Good Samaritan community that does not leave the neighbor for dead like some of the others did. Instead, the Good Samaritan takes that hurt soul to the inn and says (and yes, I am paraphrasing), "Help me care for this person. Let us partner to bring this soul to full health." This applies to also being kind to the wicked and unjust, not just the people we like! We just want to apply His word, share the Great Commission, obey and love Him and love others like He loved/loves us. Until He takes us home, that is what we will keep doing.
Since it was the crisis pregnancy center's 30th anniversary and that is the "pearl" anniversary, I looked up pearl in the Bible and came across this:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.