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Topic: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN (04/13/17)
- TITLE: Expecting Joy
By Donna Powers
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I never thought this would happen.
This may be hard to believe, but I'm totally not “that kind of girl.”
So, why am I headed toward an abortion clinic?
I'm a Christian, and I'd always planned to be pure until my wedding night, but that night everything just happened so fast. I should've listened to my friends when they warned me Tyler was a player. But he's so cute, and he was so nice to me. I thought maybe I could lead him to the Lord.
That sure didn't happen.
I do believe abortion a sin, but what else can I do? I want to go to college in the fall, and I can't take care of a baby. Besides, my parents would totally murder me. I just don't see any other way. I've made a mistake, and now I have to fix it.
Oh, no! There's a line of poster-waving religious fanatics in front of the clinic. I just know they're gonna shout and preach at me. Well, I'd better get it over with.
Hey, what's this? This lady over here isn't shouting or waving a sign. She's just sitting quietly at a table. Her sign says, “there's a Way out.” I don't know why, but I kind of wanna go over there and see what's up. God, I'm ready for that.
I never wanted it to happen.
I was a teenager, like lots of these girls. When I got pregnant and told my parents, they insisted on abortion. They said it wasn't a big deal, and I couldn't afford to let one mistake mess up my life. I didn't know what else to do.
Afterward, I felt so guilty. But a friend told me about a Christian support group for girls who've had abortions. I gave my life to the Lord there, and found forgiveness.
Now, I volunteer at a Christian pregnancy center. I sit here every day and wait for the girls God sends to my table. The protesters with the signs are doing what they believe is right, but I believe in quietly waiting. If someone''s willing, I can show them the Way out.
Hey, here comes a girl! I pray she's one of those God uses me to speak to. God, help me be ready for her.
I never planned for this to happen.
It's not like Melissa's the love of my life or anything. I'm just a guy who was trying to have a good time, and she's really nice. I told her from the get-go: we were only gonna have some fun – nothing serious.
When she told me she was pregnant, I was stunned. But I'm not exactly heartless, so I coughed up the money. I wasn't thrilled to give up my savings, but it was the least I could do.
It's also the most I can do.
I know what she's doing must be hard for her, but hey – why let a mistake ruin our lives? I just don't see any other way.
Why do I feel like there's still something I should do? Well, maybe I'll walk down to the church and say a prayer for Melissa. I may not wanna marry her, but I sure would hate it if something bad happened to her.
Hey, whaddya know? The light's on at that church. Guess I'll go inside. God, I'm ready for whatever.
God has a plan for what happened.
When the Father whispered my name into my ear, He told me my name is Joy. He also told me my name will symbolize my destiny.
Well, I'm way too young to understand that, but I believe God has a plan for my life. I'm not a “mistake” – whatever that is.
I know the person who's carrying me doesn't seem happy I'm living inside her. I know I might not get to stay with her. It wouldn't be so terrible to go back to the Father, but I really want to find out about this “destiny” thing.
I just wish she'd give me a chance. I wish she'd already felt me so she'd realize I'm alive. My body isn't fully formed, but soon it will be. My heart isn't fully grown, but I'd do my best to use it to love her.
Hey, what's this? I feel something different in her mood. I'm ready for life, Lord!
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