I just wanted to write to you in Heaven, to tell you that I am so sad about what happened to you. You were so precious…beautiful and innocent. I didn’t know you or your family, but you lived near me. I am glad that you are in a better place now. This world that I still live in is almost unrecognizable from the world that I grew up in. Children used to be cherished. They used to be cared for and protected. Now they are prey for the evil one. Satan is furiously hell-bent on destroying innocence and fomenting anger and hatred. It almost seems like he knows his time is short, so he is making the most of what he has left.
You are now safe in the arms of your Heavenly Father. From Heaven, you can pray for your earthly family, as I am praying for them too. Please pray for me, that I will be able to continue to stand firm against the evil that is all around me. Pray that I won’t give in to discouragement and that I will always trust that God has a plan, and that He is working it out for good.
May your short life on earth serve as a reminder to those of us who remain, to always be vigilant to fight against all evil and to do everything we can to defend innocent human life. Until the day that Jesus comes in his glory…and makes all things new.
Rest in peace, sweet Nalani.
For those of us who are still fighting the battle:
Can you feel the fury of hell all around us? Do you sense the spirit of chaos and destruction? Do you think that God is on the move and that our years of prayers and fasting have something to do with it?
We voluntarily suffer for the innocent children who are killed by abortion. We stand and pray. We try to offer hope and help. We freeze. We get rained on. Our feet and backs hurt. We get insulted.
An innocent 2-year old gets abducted…and her precious life is violently ended. Why?
Why would someone want to kill a child? It is unfathomable to me. Simply unfathomable evil. Pure, unadulterated evil.
How should those of us who love goodness, truth and beauty respond to the evil in our midst? What can we do? It is a helpless feeling to live in this world, at this time, and to be powerless to make a difference.
The only thing I can think of to do tonight is to stay awake for Nalani. I was so sad, and felt so unsettled about the news of her body being found tonight, that I just couldn’t bring myself to lie down in my comfortable bed. I decided that since I have no power to defeat evil, that I would simply do the little that I can right now…and that is to suffer in spirit for her, and for her family.
Nalani, I will sleep on the floor for you tonight. It won’t make a difference to anyone, I know. But maybe God will look upon my little bit of suffering, in solidarity with you and your family…and maybe He will extend some extra grace to them to help them get through this time.
The same goes for you, little ones in your mother’s wombs…who will be killed this week at Planned Parenthood. I will come to the sidewalk to be there for you. You won’t be alone in your suffering.
As for our response to evil…we really have two choices. We can cower and hide…pull the covers over our heads and hope it passes us by. Or, we can let it make us stronger. We can be all the more determined to react to evil in equal degrees of goodness. Yes…we can match the degree of evil with the same amount of goodness. Equal and opposite reactions. For instance…look at this pile of baby gifts in my foyer.
All these were donated by our 40 Days for Life team this week. They are to be given to a 14-year old girl who went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion last April…but courageously decided to let her baby girl live to see the light of day.
When the world sees evil getting stronger…we can let them see goodness getting stronger as well.
We can love each other…in word and in deed.
We can pray for each other.
And we can share in each other’s suffering.
Nalani, we will keep fighting the good fight. For you.
In our loving Lord Jesus,