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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)

TITLE: Do you hear the cries?
By Carla Rogers
05/09/13


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"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isaiah 49:15 NIV)

Looking around at all the mess in the kitchen, elbow deep in suds, I needed a distraction from all the hard, crusty mess. I wiped my hands in a nearby dishcloth and turned on the TV in the den. I turned my attention back to the suds and the dirty dishes.

The promos for the coming news cycle were for the Gosnell abortion trial. I hurriedly finished up so I could hear some of gruesome details.

Details of dismembering babies by suctioning out pieces and cutting the babies into pieces with sharp metal forceps so they could be removed were brought up, like murder is a everyday occurrence.

Was that a sizzle I heard in the kitchen? After checking all the burners and the oven, I went back to the TV.

Starving the baby with the abortion pill and asphyxiating the baby with salt was explained, as “meat getting soft in the crock pot”. These are not fast deaths. Imagine being torn apart limb by limb, slowly starving, or asphyxiated.

My attention was drawn back to the kitchen; whiffs of smoke seemed to be coming from the stove. No smoke, no fire. So I went back to the news.

Partial birth abortions were described as just killing a thing, not a little person. Scissors are jammed into the back of the baby’s skill, and then a suction device is inserted to remove the brains.

Again, I thought I smelled something burning in the kitchen. The smell was overwhelming, almost like charcoal and sulfur. But once again, nothing.

I thought back to the early days of Israel, the pagan religions and child sacrifices: everyone could hear the screams of the children as they burned; they could see the flame flare up when another baby was thrown in; the horrible stench of sizzling hair, skin. Every human sense had to be desensitized to the horrible pain the children were put through.

Aren't we today, in our sanitized view, still sacrificing our children on an altar? Instead of an altar to bring rain or to appease the gods, we are sacrificing to appease the god of convenience. We no longer hear the screams, smell the burned flesh nor see the flame sizzle, so we aren't torturing the children anymore, right? Wrong.

The statistics are shocking. Eighty-three percent of abortion patients proclaim to have Christian beliefs, ninety-three percent of the abortions happen for elective reasons. Christians are just like the world.

Family Planning Centers counteract the abortion programming of the abortion crowd. They support the mother-to-be with mothering education, doctor visits, Bible education and supplies. There have been over fifty million abortions since Roe vs. Wade. Support a local FPC by volunteering, offering supplies, or even having a baby shower to restock their baby supplies.

Father, please forgive us for sacrificing our children to a god, the god of convenience. Help me to make a difference in a life of a mother to be, her child and family. Help me to be a conduit for life. Amen.


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Mary Knoll Santos05/10/13
A well-written peace. You've woven the topic, story and issue creatively and skillfully. Thank you.
lynn gipson 05/11/13
Good story on a subject that is hard to read about. You did a good job job on this emotionally charged piece. Thanks for sharing.
Vince Martella05/12/13
Wow. Very thought provoking piece. I believe abortion is a very great sin in the eyes of a holy God; one He must surely judge our country for. I like the skillful way you weaved this together. Thank you for this courageous piece.
Cinda Carter05/12/13
Your message is loud and clear. We think we no longer hear the cries of the babies because we do not see nor hear them. So, there is no need to be alarmed. Satan is so, devious in his devices. Thank you for speaking out on the topic because we all need to hear about the issues of abortion.
Judith Gayle Smith05/12/13
The tears never stop for these tortured little ones. This is heart rending . . .
Christina Banks 05/12/13
You wrote on a hard topic, in an effective way. We can't turn a blind eye to what is happening to the future generations. I can't help but wonder what great leaders, scientists, musicians, philosophers, and preachers have been killed before they even had a chance to take their first breath. It is heartbreaking.
Brenda Rice 05/14/13
Thanks for sharing on this sad situation in our country. It is a well written entry.
Bea Edwards 05/15/13
Stunningly powerful! The way you wove it into your MC's daily chores was brilliant.
Thank you for stepping out into the deep with these shocking true details.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/16/13
This is a powerful devotion. You did a good job of evoking all kinds of emotion. Congratulations on ranking 8 in your level!