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Recalculating … what the Garmin, the GPS guidance system now used by so many car drivers,  says when you have gone in a direction contrary to its plan.

It reminds me of the recalculating that must be done when there is an unexpected pregnancy.  Working at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northfield, formerly Birthright, I have seen how difficult it can be for the pregnant woman who may have planned to go  to college or her parents who are embarrassed or her boyfriend who doesn’t feel ready for the responsibility.

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40 Days for Life is an effort to save lives through vigils of prayer, often outside  an existing facility.  It has been quite successful in the past and hopefully will be again in the future.  At our Respect Life workshop last spring, a local person talked about a success they had had here in the cities in causing a local hospital to stop offering abortions.

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Richard and ReJean Schulte went to Norway this summer just as the terrible events there were unfolding.  (See People in the Pews articles about each of them.)  I got this note from ReJean after she returned:

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Ann,
 
Attached is an email from the brother of one of my oldest friends explaining a terrible tragedy from an aspect of forgiveness and faith.  I am wondering if we could use it in the blog.   
 
Tom Sapp

To all my family and friends whom I love and have come to know.

At about 3:40 P.M. on August 30th 2010 some terrible accident happened to me that I pray will never happen to any of you or any of your friends. On my way home from work on a country road a 6 year old Amish boy ran out in front of my vehicle and was struck dead instantly.

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Many of life’s events can teach us lessons. My sister Mary Lou and her husband Fred sent these thoughts comparing their son Andrew’s marathon in 2007 and my up-coming surgery. They are also  a propos after their daughter Katie’s marathon in 2011 as well.

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A pledge to respect our sexuality – to be read together by families 

Respect for life includes a respect for sex.  Let us, as a community, make a pledge to respect our sexuality.

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Jesus is the light of the world (chapter 1, Gospel of John) and every so often he sends sparks of light into our everyday life – little moments of inspiration from an everyday occurrence.

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