Over the past couple weeks, I have been reading a book written by Mary Beth Chapman (wife of Stephan Curtis Chapman who is a well known christian singer.) The book is something she never planned or ever wanted to write. Losing a child wasn’t either. As I read about the events that happened, I was stunned and saddened for this family. It was a true picture of how the enemy attacks those he chooses to put on the stand for His glory and this was definately the case for the Chapmans, he has been well known for probably 20 years. Maria, their 5 year old daughter, was taken home to Jesus in their driveway when her older brother, 17 years old, didnt see her as he pulled in. As I cried reading these words and imagining this mourning mother writing these words, something struck me. She wrote that as they were driving out of the very driveway where their son hit Maria with his car by accident, Steven yelled out the window at his son who was in a ball in the grass covered in blood and tears, “REMEMBER YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU.” I finished the book and even though the entire book was moving and gave me a lot of hope that God is good in the midst of tragedy and pain, I kept flipping back to this page over and over. It signified something to me but I didnt know what.
As I’ve been thinking about this and preparing for speaking events like tonight, I keep thinking about the fathers of these little babies that we are advocates for. I keep thinking about the many fathers that feel as if they have no voice because we as women have told them “its my body, my choice.” I keep thinking about OUR HEAVENLY FATHER who said “Let the little children come to me.” So WHY ARENT WE? Why arent we letting a fathers child come to him if the mother isnt capable or isnt wanting to parent? I apologize as a woman for the stance we have taken on this issue and I pray and hope one day that fathers will be recognized, even in the midst of something so scary and confusing as a crisis pregnancy.
And Fathers, I plead with you and ache for you to stand up and say “YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU” in such a hard time like being faced with a crisis pregnancy or in a tragedy like Steven Curtis Chapman.
Ive said it once and I’ll say it again, if I were to get pregnant today and contemplate abortion, it would be the man standing outside of the abortion clinic praying for me and offering me hope that would stop me. Because that man would not only signify my Daddy who i love and cherish and owe the world to, but it would also signify my heavenly father saying “Come to me. Dont you remember I love you. Dont you remember I have a plan for you. Dont you remember I am the ultimate healer and comforter in your time of need? Come. I’ll take care of you.”
I encourage you to read this book “Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman and SEE what God is going to show you. Please share it with me.
Many blessings to you all.
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