life wins / 002

My nearly March-Madness-free sojourn in California had ended and I'm back on the beat. I'm realizing today how much good it does me to look for these stories each week. And I don't have to look far--a few clicks, and I've easily rounded up three beautiful examples of life winning against the darkness, against fear, against pain and evil. Life wins every day.  

Debbie Elnatan, a music therapist in Israel, is a mother who one day found it a necessity to make an invention of her own after some concerning news about her son Rotem, who has cerebral palsy:  
"When my son was two years old, I was told by medical professionals that he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them. That was an incredibly difficult thing for a mother to hear. I started to walk him day after day, which was a very strenuous task for both of us. Out of my pain and desperation came the idea for the Upsee and I’m delighted to see it come to fruition."  
She designed a harness for young special needs children that aided them in sitting up straight, improving breathing. and also freeing their hands. By attaching it to a belt worn by an adult they can stand and walk and play.
Go to Jill Stanek's link and watch the video of the Upsee harness in action. Because of my autistic sister Rachel, I've been privileged enough to spend quite a bit of time around the disabled in my life. Seeing the smiles on those CB kids in the video made me tear up. Debbie Elnatan, you're a hero (and a great mom).

While people prayed in the rain at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sacramento, Wynette – the local coordinator – watched a scene unfold outside the abortion center. 
“Several abortion business employees huddled together, holding their umbrellas, as they took turns hugging one abortion worker in particular,” she said … wondering what was going on. 
A few minutes later, that worker exited the driveway right in front of Wynette and rolled down the car window, ignoring the falling rain. 
“I’ve had enough!” the distraught worker called out. “I hate this place! I quit!” 
“I cannot say much more,” Wynette said … but she added that the worker asked for prayer.
Normally, a story with a headline of "I hate this place" isn't considered a win, but in this case, totally. It should also be mentioned that all of California is in a drought, and rain has been scarce. The dedication of people in the 40 Days for Life campaign there to come out and pray when it'd be more comfortable to stay home gives me goosebumps. And had they not been there, who would have witnessed the worker quitting--and prayed for her?

That woman wasn't forced out of that abortion clinic. She was prayed out.  

When a search result for “abortion help” showed a nearby clinic, Tasha didn’t hesitate. “I called and got the address and put it in my GPS. And then I drove there.” 
Tasha arrived at a life-affirming pregnancy center, where the welcoming warmth and compassion of the staff drew her in. “I had a confirmation test and ultrasound that verified my pregnancy. I was also counseled about all of the options available to me.” 
...Still feeling uncertain about her decision, Tasha used her GPS to locate another clinic in her area. When a different address showed up on her map, Tasha drove there and arrived at a second life-affirming pregnancy center. 
As days passed and Tasha continued to vacillate between choosing LIFE and abortion, she decided she would visit one last clinic. Not recognizing the address that popped up, Tasha followed her GPS’s directions ... only to arrive back at the front desk of the first life-affirming pregnancy center she’d visited just days earlier. 
“I decided then that God was trying to tell me something,” Tasha says.
Online for Life, you're amazing. And this whole idea of change-the-culture-by-entering-into-the-culture thing? You're doing it right.

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