President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation on January 13, 1984, designating January 22 of that year as the first national sanctity of human life day. This was eleven years after the Roe vs. Wade decision handed down by the Supreme Court legalizing abortion.
Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This year that date fell on January 16, but many plan to commemorate the day on January 23, because it is closer to the anniversary date of the first sanctity of human life day.
The purpose is to recognize life is a gift from our God, that human life is precious and sacred, and that it is to be protected at every stage of life--from conception until natural death.
God's Word is full of references to the value, worth, and dignity of human life. Here are just a few.
Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female."
Psalm 8:4-6 - "What is man that You remember Him, the son of many that You look after Him? You made him a little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him lord over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet."
Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Missouri Baptist Children's Home is an unapologetically Christian faith-based agency that believes every human life deserves to be protected and nurtured. We also believe that since the family, the home, is the first "institution" established by God that that shows the value, importance, and worth He places on it.
Our programming is intended to provide hope, healing, and restoration to families who are hurting and to children who come from hard places. We offer a wide-range of services, including pregnancy services, therapeutic group home care, treatment family care, family foster care, human trafficking rescue, family resource development, and services to adults who are developmentally disabled.
And while it is important to set aside one day a year to commemorate the sanctity of human life, whether you do that on January 16 or January 23 this year, I would encourage you to recognize the sacredness, the value, and the worth of human life each and every day of the year. I know that is our calling at Missouri Baptist Children's Home.
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