Lately, I've been in a fog. A self-imposed, gloomy state.
I had let worry, concern and impatience over this adoption take control.
This morning I had a reality check.
I say that I know God is in control. I say that I trust Him to care for my child while I can't. I say that I know that he or she is not fatherless, that the most amazing Father they could possibly have is caring for them. I say that I know His timing is what is best, and that He is in control of all things.
If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low.
Lately, Naples has made the press for the trash piled high to the sky. But just this week, it was the scene of a far more ghastly mess, lurking just below the surface and in the hearts of men. Like Mt. Vesuvius, it unleashed its toxins which had been building up over the last 30 years -- when the Abortion Law 194 gave women in Italy the Right to Choose.
Within these first three days of 2008, two very different news stories with common underlying themes came out in my local paper, The New York Times. Both were stories about women from Chicago. One woman, Marion Mahony Griffin, died in 1961 after a long and fascinating (but mostly unaccredited) life as an architect and urban planner. The other woman, Monika Rani, was only 22 years old when she was killed by her father at the end of 2007. What these women have in common is more than just geography. They both made sacrifices for love.
I just read that Verizon is giving $300,000 over two years to launch a “Be Strong” campaign which is designed to help teenage girls build self-esteem and avoid violent relationships. I think this is wonderful!
I am also a fan of the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign. Both projects embrace the message of Princess Bubble, our modern day fairy tale for girls of all ages.
Last Thursday while I was at the gym, I had no choice but to watch FoxNews. (It was on a huge flat screen TV approximately four inches from my face, thanks to the way my gym is set up.) Ever the fine source of news, the pundits speculated non-stop about disappearance of Jessie Davis, which led to one of the most exploitative â€œreportsâ€ that Iâ€™ve seen in a few months about the murder rate of pregnant women. It seems that outside of medical causes, murder is the #1 cause of death for pregnant women.
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