Lutherans For Life – Forty Years of Ministry and Education

By Lynette Auch

Date: March 22, 2019

Category: Abortion, Bioethics, Sharing the Message of Lutherans For Life, Abortion and the Church, End of Life

History, the facts of past people, civilizations, and events, can teach us many life lessons. God emphasizes the importance of history in His Word as He instructed the observation of the Passover so the children of Israel would remember their deliverance from Egyptian slavery. Jesus told us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper “in remembrance” of Him.

Remembering the history of Lutherans For Life has a place of importance too.

On March 22, 1979, three courageous, determined, God-fearing individuals—Rev. Dr. Calvin J. Eichhorst, Rev. Dr. Eugene Linse, Rev. Dr. Leigh Jordahl—set their hands to the documents that birthed the life-affirming ministry of Lutherans For Life. Because of these pioneers, many lives have been touched and saved by the witness and educational efforts of LFL.

As we acknowledge and remember the 40th anniversary of LFL, let us take a moment to thank God for these people, and others like them, who were and are obedient to God’s calling on their lives to take a stand and become a voice For Life, a voice for those who cannot defend themselves.

Let us take a moment to remember that every life is “handmade” by God; therefore, every life, regardless of size, level of development, environment, or degree of dependency from conception to natural death, is precious and is someone for whom Jesus died.

Let us take a moment to call upon God, to humble ourselves, to pray and to seek His face, and to turn from our wicked ways, for God promises, “… then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14b NIV).

Let us take a moment to thank God for His invitation to be His hands, feet, and voice as Gospel-motivated voices For Life.

Let us take a moment to seek His will and ask His guidance for the future of Lutherans For Life in the challenges ahead.

Let us take a moment to thank God for His undeserved, yet enduring, mercy and grace toward us and the ministry of Lutherans For Life.

Let us take a moment to let God’s love shine through these, our earthen vessels.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV)

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