Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Imagine that . . . (Part 3)

Imagine that you're sixteen. Your parents are professional people and you come home from school every day to an empty house. You invite a few friends over to study. Your intentions are good, but one thing leads to another; and, before long, studying of one kind has been replaced with studying of another. You and your friends are experimenting with sex.

One of the boys calls it "friends with benefits" and you discover that the benefits include having sex (oral and vaginal) within the confines of friendship--no strings attached, no commitment involved.

Imagine that you get pregnant! Imagine having to tell your parents! Imagine hearing from the young man who impregnated you that you are just friends, nothing more! It's your problem . . . .

Across the country, young women like the one described above visit pregnancy resource centers and find a listening ear and outstretched arms. They find the support they need in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment. Whether it's factual information (about their pregnancy options), material goods and services (housing, adoption, legal, medical referrals, or maternity and baby clothing) or emotional and spiritual support, these centers save lives and mend broken hearts.

If you are looking for just such a place, you can find your nearest pregnancy resource center by visiting the website or by phoning (800) 395-HELP.

We never know what goes on behind closed doors in our own neighborhoods. But we can pray and we can support organizations that offer the help these young women need.

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." -Matthew 7:1-2

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