Saturday, May 16, 2009

Precious Feet

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.

Mt 25:40 Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

Before I became an ENTHUSIASTIC Christian in 1997, when I did sex education, I never really allowed a discussion of abortion in my classroom, because at least one student would say,"You're going to hell because you had an abortion!" I figured that such statements did more harm than good to Christianity in general.

I would however, say that from a geneticist's point of view, when sperm meets egg it becomes a new individual. (I never bought the "It's my body.." point of view and was trying to teach that it was bad science at least.)

Well, I'm no longer in the classroom, no longer protecting the feelings of those who have aborted, and while I don't have such a large audience these days, I can at least honestly say what I think. I think this may have lost me a dear friend, with whom I used to mumble, on this topic. In our last conversation she said, "Let's just pretend I'm pregnant. What gives you the right to tell me what to do with my body?" "If you don't think abortion is murder, it's because you don't understand yet." "Oh," she said. "You're right, Patti. We shouldn't talk about this." We haven't talked at all since then.

Well, enough awfulness for one day.

Monday, May 4, 2009

More About Kip

Kip turned out really handsome. When I last saw him, in infancy, I wouldn't have bet on it. (lol)

I managed to call Kip's paternal grandmother today, and we said all the right things. I asked if she knew if he had ever accepted Jesus as LORD. She said that she thought not, which is very hard. She belongs to a denomination that does not believe"Once Saved, Always Saved," though I don't know her personal belief. In any case, we comforted ourselves with the thought that he may have accepted Jesus in his childhood.

She also helped me understand why Donna, once a very close friend, had not responded to my letter. At that time, Donna had been involved in a cultish Christian denomination that discouraged contact with people of other denominations. Even the grandmother could not send cards or gifts at that time.

However, that cultish group does preach Jesus as Saviour, so I know Kip heard the Word.

Again, God bless all who mourne and please draw all His to Himself. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kip Anthony Turner 1980-2009

computer guru in Oregon

son of my college friend Donna Haaland

my godson

i didn't know him, which was, of course, my fault.

I lean most positively toward baptism of those of a certain age (say 7 or older) but have come to understand that if those baptized as infants come to accept Jesus as LORD, then it took.

So I stood as sponsor, in 1981, and with five others, plus parents, promised to see that Kip would be raised as a Christian.

Then I went off to see the rest of the world.

I felt that my denomination failed me, and thus that God had failed me. I went through awful years when I did not call Jesus my Saviour.

When I married Mr. P in 1997 and became a most enthusiastic Christian (made an unfriend of a good Jewess) I got Donna's address and wrote to ask her what she would like me to do to fulfill my promise at Kip's baptism. She didn't answer.

Reading his obit today caused a lot of distress. I have no way of knowing, or of finding out, though I'm still trying to think of a way, if he became a Christian.

Interestingly, I had prayed for Kip recently, asking God to do one of His retroactive acts(since He's Eternal, it certainly is possible) and send someone into Kip's life to witness to him. Since Donna is Christian, probably Kip learned what he needed to learn to make his decision.

I pray that Heavenly Father will bless all who mourn Kip, and bless the children of Christians who are at risk for being too influenced by this world. In theName of Jesus Christ, Amen