Be a Gabriel This Christmas.
The story of Christ’s birth is the most famous “unplanned” pregnancy in history. What prevented this pregnancy from becoming a crisis pregnancy was the message that the angel Gabriel carried from God to both Mary and Joseph. Gabriel visited Mary and Joseph and told them that the child in Mary’s womb was the very Son of God. Without Gabriel to alert them to the nature of her coming pregnancy, Mary would have been baffled about the miracle growing within her womb and Joseph would have assumed that Mary had violated her vows of sexual purity. We know from Scripture that being a just man, Joseph would have broken off the engagement as quietly as possible; heartbroken by Mary’s assumed betrayal. Jesus could have been born to a single mother. He could have grown up without a father, without a community, and likely without a home. (Keep in mind that being fatherless in biblical times was just about the hardest life one could have!) Before Mary became pregnant, Gabriel arrived and told her not to fear. When Joseph found out that she was pregnant, Gabriel arrived to give him the message of hope he needed to remain by her side and to raise Jesus as his son. Thanks to Gabriel’s timely arrival, Mary and Joseph’s “unplanned” pregnancy did not become a crisis pregnancy! The pregnancy decisions the staff at Evany Clinic help women and men work through every day are not certain, but abortion does not have to claim these precious lives! What is needed are “Gabriel's” to step into these difficult pregnancy situations with words of hope, hearts of compassion, and gifts of help! God is looking for willing servants to be the hope that the women and men considering abortion need in order to choose life. Five thousand women and men are making a pregnancy decision today. This Christmas, will you intercede in the life of someone who needs you?