Joyce Everett and her husband are self-proclaimed “beachcombers.” As a hobby they love to walk on the beach and see what interesting things they can find. Recently, as they walked, they came across a bottle with a paper inside it. Over the course of history, many have written “messages in a bottle” then cast the bottle into the sea. Where might it end up? How far might it go? And what message might be found inside? The message that Joyce found in the bottle was simple, yet profound as it told the story of a young woman dealing with the grief of a dead child. But sadly, the child did not die by accident. The child died by abortion.
The bottle contained two ultrasound photos. The first one, dated May 30, showed the clear and distinct image of a small baby within the uterus. The second photo, dated June 6 once again showed the image of a uterus....this time empty. You might ask, 'what became of this baby?” Was it a tragic miscarriage, or perhaps a stillborn infant? The horrifying answer can be found in the top left corner of the ultrasound image that tells where the ultrasound was performed. The words “Planned Parenthood” hauntingly whisper from the image; and therein lies the fate of this poor and unsuspecting child.
President Barack Obama recently spoke to leaders of Planned Parenthood by uttering this ghastly phrase: “God bless you Planned Parenthood.” The President should be ashamed of himself for supporting, defending, and even praising an organization that oversees the execution of the most vulnerable members of our society. Since 1973, over 50 million abortions have taken place in America. An estimated 20 million of those dead babies have been African-American. One has to wonder what type of rationale the President entertains when he praises the extermination of millions of his own race; and of his fellow Americans. One also has to wonder how any African-Americans could see this ghoulish President as their friend or supporter. His actions prove, beyond refutation that he cares not about African-Americans, nor any Americans. He cares not about protecting the life of the innocent; rather he cares about protecting the interests of those who gave him power. And women of America be warned; he cares not one iota for you. Abortion, you see, does more than snuff out the life of a baby; it also horrendously affects the emotional and physical well-being of the mother who chose to end that baby's life.There is more to the story regarding the message in the bottle. One image was a hopeful image of life. The other image was a haunting image of death. But there was a third image to be seen; though this one was written rather than photographed. On the back side of the second ultrasound image, with the baby missing, was written these words: “We will always love you” and underneath that..........was the hand drawn image of a heart with two sets of initials written inside it.
Somewhere in America today a would-be mother is broken-hearted and guilt-ridden with the overwhelming reality that her baby is dead; and that she “chose” to end his or her life. The President might smile, pat this woman on the back, and commend her for her “right to choose.” But those with a heart would prefer to place a caring arm around this woman, offer a prayer for God's comfort, and weep with her over this tragedy.
What led her to do it? Was it pressure from a boyfriend or husband? Was it pressure from parents or family? Did she receive dastardly counsel from a Planned Parenthood "advisor" who convinced her that “now is not the time”? Did she remember the words of Obama from the 2008 campaign trail when he declared that women “should not be punished with a baby”? The government might tell a woman that she has a “right” to choose. Her family might encourage this and a “counselor” might advise this. But a woman’s heart tells her otherwise. Regardless of whatever vile advice she might receive, deep within her she has instincts that tell her to guard and protect her young.The travesty of abortion is a stain upon the soul of America. Women are being duped and babies are being killed. Many in the government not only defend this practice, but they cheerfully support it. I have nothing to say to these government officials except for this: “Shame on you!” Shame on you Barack Obama for caring more about your political career than defenseless children! Shame on you Barack Obama for prancing the political road to the White House over the dead bodies of millions of babies! Shame on you Barack Obama for craving power more than you care for the confused women who might undergo abortion because you deem Planned Parenthood to be a “blessing from God.”
Abortion kills. But there are other options out there. Indeed there is “A Better Choice.” Here in Lake Charles, Louisiana women can find help at the ABC Pregnancy Resource Center. Located at 518 W. 18th St --- A.B.C. (which stands for 'a better choice') will give women their options. They will offer women an ultrasound and a listening ear. At A.B.C. the women will be told of the importance of life, the value of making right decisions, and most importantly they will be told of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For those who have experienced abortion, there is forgiveness to be found in Christ. And indeed it is forgiveness that you need. This is where the road to recovery begins; and make no mistake, "recovery" is also in order. The emotional scars of abortion do not go away easily. The pain and sorrow of realizing you have taken the life of your child are devastating. But take heart women, there is forgiveness; and thankfully there is “a better choice.”
Joyce Everett told me firsthand about finding this message of Life and Death in a bottle. Nathan Curtis and I were interviewing her on our radio program “Church and State” on KELB. And how was it that she came to be on our program? Mrs. Everett is a volunteer at the ABC Pregnancy Resource Center. OF all the people in the world who might have found that bottle; God ordained that it be found by Mrs. Everett. Today I thank God for the work of ABC. I thank God for Joyce Everett, Neta Mire, Carolyn Jordan, Glenda Jones, and the others who serve there. And I also pray that God would send someone like this into the life of the woman who tossed that bottle into the ocean. She is hurting and she needs help. She probably went to Planned Parenthood seeking help, but sadly she did not find it. Her pain and sorrow has increased and in a personal ceremony of mourning she displayed her love and tossed the picture of her sweet little one into the sea. I wish she hadn't gone to the deceivers of Planned Parenthood. I wish she would have made her way to a place like ABC. I wish, that she might have known, that there was indeed.......A Better Choice.