Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Ella Fitz

Written in honor of May the 6th both this and every year, past and present …

Today I celebrate and thank God again for the miracle of life. Today I am glad that I did not become a statistic. You see, today, more than any other, I am grateful for a young woman’s supernaturally courageous “yes,” – her fiat – to choose life in the face of adversity.

Having now experienced the joys and struggles of five pregnancies, I cannot begin to imagine the agony, the pain, and the sacrificial courage it took to give a baby away – to never snuggle her neck, never kiss her toes, never breathe in her baby smell – all because this young woman knew she could not be the best steward of the gift of life God had given her. Make no mistake – at any time, she could have said, “This is too hard. I can’t do it,” “This is my body, and I want it back,” “This is just a blob of tissue,” or, “I feel alone and unloved,” … but she didn’t. I believe she was able to persevere because she wasn’t alone in her courage. She had others – people who encouraged her, who supported her materially and spiritually, who prayed with and for her – so that she could, slowly but surely, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month – CHOOSE LIFE for the baby growing inside her.

That growing baby, if you haven’t guessed yet, was me. My birth mother could have aborted me at any time. My time in the womb was post-1973, after Roe v. Wade, after thousands – if not millions – of babies had already died.

I honestly don’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on “what ifs;” that’s too much energy that needs to be expended elsewhere (did I mention that I have five children??). Yet, on this day, I still like to reflect on my circumstances and encourage others to consider their own lives.

Do you know that YOUR LIFE is a gift, a miracle? It is!! Do you thank God for *your* life and the lives of those around you? Take time today to do so!! Do you – really and truly – foster a culture of life in your words *and* deeds? Please pray about this. Your affirming comment – your loving touch – could make all the difference in the world to someone today. So go forth today, dear friends, being salt and light to those you meet, and CHOOSE LIFE!!

And … enjoy my birthday. Because of a courageous young woman’s “fiat,” I know I will.

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9 thoughts on “Life is Beautiful

  1. I never really thought about it. My mother was 19 when she had me. And she certainly could have chosen otherwise. Happy Birthday, lady! xo

    1. All the post-Roe v. Wade babies can be extra grateful to their Mamas. <3 Thank you for the well wishes! God bless you, Cristina!

  2. Beautiful. My husband also could have been a statistic. We have recently been able to meet his birth parents and they are such wonderful people. Upon his birth in 1974 they wisely and courageously gave him to a young couple who desperately wanted children. My husband had an amazing childhood and I will forever be grateful that this birth mom said “yes”!

    1. Oh, that is fantastic! So grateful to God when love – unconditional love, which isn’t always easy – wins. Thank you for sharing, Mary Ruth!

  3. thank you for this beautiful witness!! Yes, life is a gift! When I was in college and pregnant, and SO lost, I became pregnant. Many of my friends, most actually, encouraged abortion. Literally, I had one friend who offered to give me the money and drive me there! If it were not for my older sister taking me “out for a walk” one day at my parents house, I don’t know if I would have succumbed to all the peer pressure to not ruin my life! We chose life. Got married. And now love our little Jen, who has Down Syndrome with all our hearts! Yes, life is a gift! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Dear, Maureen, thank YOU for YOUR amazing witness and for choosing life!! I am so grateful and touched that you shared your story, and for the gift of your “yes,” and your husband’s “yes,” and for the beautiful life of your daughter, Jen. God must be so, so proud of you, Mama. 🙂 Keep fighting the good fight of faith. You are in my prayers. <3

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