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God Values Life – Abundantly

January 22, 2023
By Paul Emmel

A clipping from the Start Tribune newspaper


"I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly."
- John 10:10 ESV

God knew you and saw you before your mother even knew she was pregnant. Isn't that incredible? From that first moment of conception, God kept you safe and healthy. He even knew the plans for all the days ahead of you. When we think of how intricately God has made us, we rejoice with David in saying, "Wonderful are Your works!" (Psalm 139:14).

Our present American culture wants to rank life in order of "importance." But every human life is worthy of life because God creates and values life. He values the life of the tiny unborn baby, the child in foster care, and also the woman who chose abortion. He values the lives of people with disabilities and people in nursing homes who struggle to remember their own families. He even values the lives of people who seek to destroy life!

God calls us as His children to speak the truth in love to others. He calls us to tell them that their life and all human life is precious in the sight of their Redeemer who gave up His life to save them, forgive them, and give them abundant life.

Paul Emmel

Sanctity of Human Life Day
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This article is adapted from Portals of Prayer, January 22, 2023, by Emily Hatesohl.

Paul EmmelPaul Emmel is a retired pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, having served as a parish pastor, a correctional chaplain for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and a hospital chaplain and a community counselor. As a retired pastor, Paul continues to serve the Lord and His people, including establishing the Minnesota South District’s “Pastors to Prisoners” ministry.