Psalm 139:13,14 For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Abortion was legalized on January 22, 1973, by the Roe v. Wade ruling of the United States Supreme Court. Since that day it is estimated that nearly 50,000,000 unborn babies have never had the opportunity to take a breath outside of their mothers’ wombs. These children were never afforded the opportunity to praise their Creator, as David did, for the miracle of life and the astonishing reality that we have been made in God’s image. An article from the Ligonier Ministries Blog makes this condemnation:

Abortion in America is, in the judgment of my very wise father, the greatest evil in our history. The American holocaust dwarves the evil of Nazi Germany in both numbers of the dead, and the numbers of we who know what is happening.

This weekend we will observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday as a way to shed light on one of the greatest evils in the history of the world and to celebrate the truth that all people have been made in the image of God and are equally valuable in His sight. Taking the third Sunday of January to raise awareness of this issue was not introduced by the church, but by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 when he said,

I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.

This Sunday, we join millions of people giving “thanks for the gift of life” and affirming the reality that we have all been made in the image of God and have equal dignity as a result. We pray that God would stir us to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and to give dignity to all people regardless of race, socio-economic status, or age.

Take a moment to watch this short video that stirred my heart as I thought ahead to this weekend’s observance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Dustin Speaks is the Mission Mobilization Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren, and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, the Speaks went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports—basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.