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April 16-21, 2003
Karen on her 50th, Happy Birthday!
Here it is that day she's waited 50 years for! Well, maybe not! Though I haven't been there for any but the past two plus years, I know it's been quite a ride for her. Raised in a loving family, the oldest of four, two sisters and a brother. Daughter of an A++++ dad and a quiet (most of the time) but strong and sure mom, both loving the Lord and teaching their children of His faithfulness and goodness. Married for 13 years to a loving husband, Bob, who gave her two beautiful sons, Jonathan and David, and who was taken far to early in 1988 when he succumbed to cancer. Struggling for the next 12 and a half years raising her sons alone, well, not fully alone. Her trust in God strong and His provision sure and adequate. Now I have had the privilege of calling her mine for the past two years and 4 1/2 months and it has been a journey of it's own. The experiences we have shared have been many, remarkable and memorable. Traveling to Europe twice on mission trips, selling two homes and building a third. The joy of becoming grandparents, twice. The tears of loss for a beloved nephew. Sweetheart, I wouldn't trade any of it for a life without you. I know there are times we've both wondered, but in wondering, you discover the goodness of what you have.
Happy Birthday Karen. I love you!
Here she is on Easter Sunday. Katie Mae Dennis, our second grandchild and first granddaughter. Sbe's now 8 months old and beginning to stand. Won't be long she'll be walking!
April 21, 2003
This past weekend I watched with interest as the drama of the Laci Peterson case unfolded in Modesto, CA. I found it especially curious that the prosecutor is planning murder charges against Scott Peterson in the death of his unborn son. This case is a tragedy any way you look at it. A young and seemingly successful couple with the future bright and hopeful is plunged into the darkness of adultery, tragedy, and death. Life is extinguished, the future gone. In the midst of all this I was struck by the fact of the prosecution's decision to press charges not only in the death of Laci, but also in the death of their son who was still two months away from the expected date of his birth.
How can this be? I thought we have been adamantly told by those in the abortion industry, NARL, Planned Parenthood and others in their attempts to justify the heinous act of abortion, that a child is not a child until after the moment of birth. They have defended and championed the taking of life up to the moment of birth, even into the last week of pregnancy, characterizing the unborn child as "little more than a blob of tissue," a parasite on the body of it's mother. If it's OK, by their estimation a noble act, for a "medical professional" to abort a developing baby, viable or not, how can it be that when the same child looses its life in another deliberate act it's called a crime, a murder, a heinous act and the media and populous are outraged, demanding justice? Is not life the same and the loss of life just as tragic regardless of who causes of death? How can someone who is charged with preserving and improving life be held unaccountable and even honored for deliberately taking a life? Is it because the mother wants, or thinks she wants an abortion?
Why are the abortion providers and defenders so adamantly against full disclosure of the medical facts of the life within the womb? Their words "nobly" speak of "choice" yet their actions reveal an attempt to limit and even mislead those choices to only one, that of death for the child, dollars to the provider and support for the position of those who want to destroy the lives of the most innocent of society.
The answer to these questions boil down to one, selfishness coming out of rebellion against a loving God who bids us all to come to him and lay down our heavy burden. Certainly life is not easy. Marriage requires work, parenting is a long-term commitment to grow and nurture another life. Though many tackle these life tasks without the help of the Father. Is it not better to rely on His strength and wisdom for the answers to the hard questions and decisions of our lives? To trust Him for guidance in life's decisions rather than someone who's only interest is another dollar in the till or another tic mark in their political and social agenda?
While those in the abortion industry and their supporters are interested only in death, God's interest is in preserving life, not just on this earth, but eternally. Abortion is not the easy answer to a difficult question, ask anyone who followed that path. There are no easy, pat answers to the difficult questions, but while one leads to death, the better answer, leads to life.
What a bundle of energy! Camron is 27 1/2 months and he is all boy! Into everything, curious about anything in his path, wanting whatever he can get his hands on and most of what he can't. We had Camron, his sister, Katie and mom and dad over on Easter and loved every minute of it, I never
cease to be amazed as I watch him go, go, GO! I suppose I really didn't realize how much was required of a parent since I didn't have the experience myself. Now as a grandpa...hat's off to ya mom and dad!
Soldier Baptised in Desert! See for yourself!