Embracing Life — Day 37

Embracing Life -- Day 37

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 37: The Illusion of Choice

I was talking yesterday to a young friend of mine about the information commonly circulated to young people about contraception, STDs, and other sexual health subjects. For example, she was surprised to read in a brochure I gave her that condoms do not protect against all strains of HPV. She had been told, “Just use a condom, you’re covered.” During the course of our conversation, she became more shocked at what she was reading. HPV is the same as genital warts? She believes that if more teenagers knew this kind of information, more of them would make different choices about being sexually involved. My thought exactly.
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Embracing Life — Day 36

Embracing Life -- Day 36

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 36: Racism Redux

Note: Please go to the 40 Days website if you’d like to read the devotional on purpose and choosing life.

Yesterday something very important happened in our nation’s capital. Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz., R) introduced the Prenatal Nondiscriminatory Act (PreNDA), which aims to prohibit “performing or financing sex-selection or race-based abortions.” Most Americans don’t even know that either of these issues is a serious problem, or a threat at all. In fact, they are.
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Embracing Life — Day 35

Embracing Life -- Day 35

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 35: Unity for Life

What would be sufficient motivation to compel you to intentionally cultivate a relationship with someone of a different ethnicity, different denomination, different church, different marital status, socioeconomic status, etc.? Would you do it to feed the poor in your city? Would you do it to give an abandoned child a loving home? Would the prospect of having a marriage others only dream of be enough? What about bringing revival to a country? Carmen Pate suggests saving children in the womb should motivate us all.
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Embracing Life — Day 34

Embracing Life -- Day 34

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 34: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I had lunch on Saturday afternoon with a very good friend of mine and her husband. My friend Angela is founder of Sisters for Life in Kentucky, and she was in Dayton leading a workshop on transforming communities through intercessory prayer. At lunch, we were talking shop and the conversation turned to how we pray, and what we pray for, when we go to abortion clinics. Somehow we ended up talking about praying for the abortionists. We both chuckled and agreed that praying for the physicians who perform abortions is somewhat of a litmus test of our purity of motivation and strength of dedication to seeing abortion end. But is that the only reason we pray for them? Today’s 40 Days devotional calls us to reflect on this.
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