Loving the Journey with…
Pastor John Hampton
A Pastoral Statement on Life
Last Sunday, I began my message with this pastoral statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and I want to share it in this week’s LTJ column.
One of our core doctrinal teachings at Journey is that LIFE…is created, sustained, and most-highly valued by God from life in the womb, through our life on earth, to our life in eternity. (Psalm 139:13-16; Acts 17:24-28)
The decision last Friday of our nation’s Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade is a long awaited and much anticipated step toward valuing and protecting all life–from the womb to the tomb. While there is much rejoicing and gratitude for this ruling among those who have worked for decades to protect the innocent lives of the unborn, the work to provide meaningful support systems to assist expectant families in need has only just begun.
For many years now, Journey has had a strategic mission partnership with Choices Women’s Clinic in downtown Orlando and Oviedo, near the UCF campus. Choices has provided counseling, prayer and emotional as well as material support to women facing crisis pregnancies for many years. Their front-line, street-level work is needed now more than ever and today I’m announcing that Journey is doubling our monthly mission support to them through the rest of this year, and I encourage you to make a special gift directly to them as well. Choiceswomensclinic.com
We also acknowledge the history of abortion in our country is contentious and complicated and has caused deep divisions among many people of good will who genuinely disagree over the rights of the unborn and the rights of women. I pray that the high court’s ruling, which rightly returns the question of abortion to voters and their elected state representatives, will provide for civil deliberations and respectful discourse that will establish laws, policies and programs ensuring the sanctity of human life in every form as well as promoting the dignity and well-being of every woman and man who are faced with an unexpected pregnancy. And above all, I pray that Journey will continue to be a place that helps all people find that life which is full, abundant and eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father, we thank you that each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by you. You knew us when we were knit together in our mother’s womb and we thank you for the gift of human life in every form. We pray for our nation that is so divided about so many things right now, but especially those who are hurting, scared, or angry about the recent Supreme Court ruling. I pray that we can see that a nation that values and protects the most vulnerable among us is a nation that is best for all of us. I pray for the Church to walk in humility and work with compassion on behalf of those who are most in need and at risk as a result of this ruling. Thank you for life-supporting groups like Choices. Protect them and increase their provision as they provide needed services to women and men who urgently need their support. And Father may we all seek to be an answer to our Lord’s prayer that your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen
Loving the life-giving Journey,