Presbyterians Pro-Life
Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS
March, 2013

The edges of our life on this earth are fragile. Those at the beginning of life are tiny and vulnerable and even in the womb--the place designed by God for their safety and nurture as they grow and develop--tiny babies are too often aborted.

Those at the end of life can be vulnerable too. No longer able to care for themselves they are dependent on the decisions of others for their hydration, nutrition, and daily care. Too often their death is hastened by those entrusted with their fragile lives. It is these lives we address in this ENEWS issue.
The Gifts of Dying

by Pam Petersen
Pam and her father
Pam and her Dad

"...this fullness of experience is so necessary to our souls that perpetual springtime is not allowed."

C.S. Lewis

The seventh anniversary of my dad's death just passed in January. He had terminal cancer and died one week after his 63rd birthday. It's a tricky thing writing about some else's death and the lessons learned from it. Sympathy can only take you so far down the road; holding a hand, praying, sitting through chemo day after day, monitoring medication, laughing and crying are about as close as a person can get without experiencing it. It was after all, ultimately my dad's journey with God. But God, in His mercy, allowed me the privilege of experiencing my own journey along side my dad and I am grateful that I had eyes to see, ears to hear and hands to hold the gifts God had for me.


Pastoral Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying
Celebrating 93 years
Just one week after her 93rd birthday, Della is with her Lord!
Presbyterian pastor Smith's ninety-one-year-old widowed father was living alone in the house he and his wife occupied most of their married life when a stroke sent him to the hospital. The pastor drove hundreds of miles to be with him and meet with his own siblings and their families about care for their father upon his release. The discussions were fraught with anxieties about where their father would get proper care and needed assistance, and maintain as much of his independence as possible. It was clear that, although he was recovering well, he could no longer live alone. Family members were overwhelmed with conflicting feelings about their love for their father, their obligations to him, and resistance to the interruption that his needs imposed on their lives and schedules. Read more.
PPL recommends. . .
A window to the womb (video credits: 4D images: American Life League; still images: Life Issues Institute; music: Kevin MacLeod; production: Cipriani Systems)
October Baby (now available in DVD and on Netflix)

A House of Molech by P.J. Southam, posted on Presbyterians Pro-Life Blog

Awake, Arise by Martha Leatherman, posted on Presbyterians Pro-Life Blog

Guns and abortion: a seamless garment, by Roy W. Howard posted by the Presbyterian Outlook
You may know that the 40 Days for Life campaign is now in progress. In hundreds of cities across the United States and in a dozen countries, God's people are praying at abortion clinics in peaceful vigil asking God to intervene and save the lives of children in the womb. I encourage you to connect with the 40 days campaign in the city near you and spend at least one hour praying either on the street or in your own home for God's protection for his pre-born children. You will be blessed!
In Christ for Life,
Marie Bowen
Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life
In This Issue
The Gifts of Dying
Pastoral Care for ill and dying
PPL recommends
Promoting Life
Quick Links
Promoting Life in your congregation
Do you want to promote a better understanding of the sacred (set part) value of human life in your congregation, but are not sure how to begin? PPL can help you! We have a DVD curriculum on life, a Bible study on the pregnancy stories in the Bible, sermon examples, study outlines for ethical issues surrounding life and more. Visit our website for more information or contact us at the PPL Office.

Read the sample sermon posted currently on our home page to inspire your thinking:

"Life: Precious, Sacred, Miraculous"

Jeremiah 1:5

First of all, you should know that this is most heart wrenching sermon I have ever prepared. Secondly, you should know that the content will be of a mature nature. And finally, know that, just as with any other area of our life that falls short of God's desire for us, there is grace, forgiveness, and healing available to each and every one of us. Read more

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So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:16