march for life

The Truest Lie

I just finished saying goodbye to my 4-month-old granddaughter—a cherubic face and a smile that ignites grace in the soul of anyone who happens to catch her eye. Her presence means a bit more to us because of the challenges her mother went through to bring her life.

I remember well the sacrifices my daughter made as she chose to conceive, carry, and give birth to that little girl. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and difficult times for nearly every day throughout and up until the actual birth. 

She exercised her choice (yes—that word again) and gave birth to a healthy little girl who has brought joy into everyone’s life, more joy than anyone could previously conceive ahead of time. 

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Each conversation about abortion sends a sharp pain to my heart. Bringing about life is one of the rare times that we, as humans, are able to co-create with God.

My heart hurts not just because the New York legislation has allowed late-term abortions—they weren’t even the first or the last state to do so.

 It’s not just that the law makers blatantly and shockingly broke into applause as they did so as well as lit up the World Trade Center in celebration—pink, reminiscent of the pink baby afghans I crocheted for all 5 of my newborn granddaughters.

Truth and Unity

In the national news we witnessed the 46thannual March for Life, are encouraged to send brick gifts for Nancy, and are waiting to see who will blink first in the government shutdown: Dems or Don.

 Some takeaways for Montgomery County voters and members to think about from this auspicious beginning to 2019:

 Can we really change truth? Not long ago we had moved from a “Big T” Truth to a “little t” truth, and casually merged into a full-blown “alternative facts” rule-of-thumb. We’ve morphed from “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants”, from “life” to a “non-human” (that just happens to have a heartbeat.) Border solutions seem to also have taken a “small t” turn, thinking and naively hoping that a political shield is all the security one needs.

 Our judicial system is unapologetically peeking under the blindfold of justice while marching glibly to the tune of the pied piper of politics

 I’ve been reading George Washington’s last circular letterto the states and his emphasizing the need for unity in our nation. He wisely noted, “. . . if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” He goes on to challenge these same citizens, to either be happy or miserable; that we as a nation have been given a great gift and our security and happiness depends upon our conduct: “whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or contemptible and miserable as a Nation.”

 He continues with a list of four things that are essential to this well-being. Number four is what caught my attention:

“The prevalence of that pacific and friendly Disposition, among the People of the United States, which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the Community.”

Security is at its biggest threat not when there is disagreement or alternative solutions, but infighting and disunity. A blatant disregard for laws—of our country, state, county, or party—will leave us weak and confused about where to go and who the real enemy is: blurring and attempting to erase truth.

 Let’s take a beat, inhale this good ole’ Texas air, and see what we are doing to serve our sweet Montgomery county, how we can “forget [our] personal prejudices and policies,” working for a general prosperity.  We can laugh at the tit-for-tat back and forth between Nan and Don, but their eye for an eye philosophy will eventually leaves us all blind. 

 We don’t have to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but must to get back to the basics of law, constitutional integrity, and community prosperity. 

 Stay strong Montgomery County,2019 will be our best year yet.