“How many of you remember spiritually adopting a baby last October?”
Our Mass had ended, it was hot and our kids were crabby, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to another talk after a long evening in church.
However, when the director of our parish Life Teen program asked this question of the small group of teenagers gathered in the front pews, it got my attention.
And it really impressed me to see so many enthusiastic hands go up from a group that would usually be stereotyped as completely apathetic.
This was a story worth tuning in for, and I think you’ll agree that it’s a God-given thing of absolute beauty. So, I’m sharing it with you with the hopes that it will touch you the way it has impacted me.
In October of last year, the teenagers in the Life Teen program at our church decided to spiritually adopt a baby. In effect, they would pray faithfully that a young woman who was recently or about to become pregnant would choose life for her baby.
Naturally, they had no way of knowing if there would be any fruit from their prayers and discussions. And so the “adoption” continued on faith alone through the winter.
In February, the Life Teen group decided to spend an afternoon outside of a local abortion clinic. This clinic is (grossly) called the Hope Clinic, and according to their website they’ve proudly performed over 100,000 abortions since opening their doors in 1974.
On this afternoon, the Life Teen director had a talk with a young woman who was planning to enter the clinic. She encouraged her to simply keep her mind and heart open, and the young lady agreed to have an ultrasound to “see” the baby she was carrying in her womb.
As an active member of the Knights of Columbus, I’m proud to say that our local council helps to fund the portable ultrasound machine that is made available as often as possible outside of the Hope Clinic. The ultrasound van was there that day, and after viewing the image of her baby and hearing the heart beating, the young lady decided to postpone her decision for another day.
The Life Teen group remained in contact with her as her pregnancy progressed and offered their assistance and their continued prayers.
Only a few days before our Mass, and approximately 9 1/2 months after their spiritual adoption, a baby girl was born by the name of Legacie Hope. The Life Teen director held up her photo for all to see, and our congregation cheered.
It was truly remarkable to see the power of prayer, getting involved and standing up for life in a culture where it is all too often dismissed. It touched my heart to see a small group of teenagers who had literally changed the world through their faith in action and made Hope a name to be proud of once again in our community.
God is good, and He works best when we are willing to give our assistance. Can you save a life?
Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.