Man wearing a cross with Jesus around his neck enters office with two young sons, both under two years old.
Pregnant me chatting with children, comments on what fun to have two young boys.
Man responds “I guess so. Just found out my girlfriend’s pregnant again and we’re definitely going to terminate it. Can’t afford so many diapers, ya know? We gotta wait a couple years.”
Pregnant me, suddenly stoic; staring at the hypocritical cross lying on his chest.
Man smiling, unaware of the hatred he just inspired.
Yes, I said hatred. And sadness. An utter pang in my heart.
I left the room.
In anguish for the baby that man intends on killing (“terminating a pregnancy” is, after all, simply murdering a child), and in utter thankfulness for the son who inhabits my womb, I let go of two tears.
What would you have done?
I had no words for the man.
But I had words of David for my God, my righteous King.
So I simply sat at my desk & prayed.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against You with malicious intent;
Your enemies take Your name in vain!
Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 140:1-2, 8-13
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
preserve me from violent men,
who plan evil things in their heart…
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted!
As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and will execute justice for the needy.
Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall dwell in Your presence.