I’ve got my turkey cooking in the crockpot, my cranberry relish is finished, and now I’m preparing to make the potatoes, green beens, and homemade noodles for my family’s Christmas Eve dinner.
This is the first year that my husband and I won’t be celebrating Christmas with our extended family. And while I was excited at first not have to worry about traveling back to West Virginia with our 3 boys and to finally be able to put my good china to use, today will be a little sad. I’ll miss seeing my grandfather and Jonathan’s grandmothers because we know time with them is so valuable these days.
Time is what makes this Christmas so special…knowing that next year Hawkins Baby #4 will be crawling around and that Gunner, Bear, and Maverick will be a year older. Time is what made me put down my laptop this morning and build an extra Lego set with my boys and enjoy their playtime…because one day I know it won’t be the same.
Time…that’s really the most valuable gift we have, more valuable than all of the cell phones, iPads, laptops, TVs, and other fancy gifts we may receive tomorrow. At the end of our lives, time is what we remember and what we long for.
Friend, that’s why I’m so grateful for all that you have allowed our team at Students for Life to do this year.
You give your time through prayers, helping us find new students to organize groups, or through the wages you’ve earned away from your family that you donate generously to our mission of abolishing abortion.
When you give to Students for Life, I know you are giving away your most precious asset, your time. And I couldn’t be more grateful.
Last night, my oldest son, Gunner, saw a medical drawing for a 20-week abortion procedure on my laptop for a new project SFLA is launching this spring. He immediately started his usual barrage of questions – What is happening to the baby? What tool is that? What’s that called? Why do people have abortions? Instead of trying to change the subject, I answered his questions truthfully.
This morning as we were building his Lego set, he asked something that must have been on his mind. He said, “Mom, how many abortions happen?” I told him over a million a year, much more than he could imagine. His next question, “How many babies do you save?”
I told him truthfully, “I don’t know.” Then I explained that my goal is to end abortion before he grows old and, while I know of babies that we’ve saved, we will never know all of them.
Friend, every life that is saved, every mother who is served, and every student who becomes active is because of you and the time you give to Students for Life of America. And while you may not get to meet them everyday, they are out there, turning the tide and restoring a Culture of Life in our nation.
Today and tomorrow, I pray that you will be able to enjoy a special time with your family and friends this Christmas as we remember the reason for the season, the birth of our Savior who gave us the gift of eternal time with Him.
President, Students for Life of America