2020 Was a Terrible Year, But We Have Eternal Hope in Jesus Christ

Opinion   Carol Tobias   Dec 28, 2020   |   11:49AM    Washington, DC

Even though most of us will surely not want to remember 2020, it’s more likely to be a year we can never forget. The memory seared into our hearts and minds will be a pandemic that changed the world and in the process has so far cost the lives of 1¾ million people worldwide.

Businesses closed, some permanently. Items that we rarely think about, like masks and toilet paper, were suddenly high in demand.

Hospital patients and residents of long-term care facilities were suddenly cut off from family and friends; people were asked to stay home, not to socialize in person, and travel plans were upended.

In addition, Joe Biden is on track to become the next president of the United States. This wolf-in-sheep’s clothing “moderate” would bring with him the most aggressively pro-abortion administration we have ever seen.

But I remind myself that no individual is able to promise a life without sorrow and suffering and injustice, except the Prince of Peace.

With that in mind, as pro-lifers approach the end of 2020, we refuse to lose heart. Pain and suffering and injustice have been around for as long as man has existed.

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But then there is Christmas, when we celebrate His coming to earth as a baby while we await His coming as King. Until then, we keep on keeping on. We could do no other. It is who we are and, more importantly, it is who we fight for.

We understand fully the battles ahead at the federal level as pro-abortionists seek to advance the cause of death. At the same time, we have many states strategically planning ways to successfully pass legislation to protect unborn children and the medically vulnerable.

Along with legislation and elections, there are many additional avenues to promote a Culture of Life. For example, we rejoice that so many wonderful pro-life people are supporting pregnancy resource centers so that pregnant women can have the support they need through a difficult period.

We look forward with eager anticipation to educational efforts that will change hearts and minds. When eyes are opened, we suddenly appreciate the wonder of life and the eternal truth that each and every human life is worthy of respect and of infinite value.

One of my favorite Christmas carols was written by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. After losing his wife in a tragic fire, seeing his country torn apart by the civil war, then having his son injured in that war, he penned, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Longfellow lamented, “There is no peace on earth.” He wrote, “For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”

But then he woke up on Christmas day and heard the church bells ringing. He wrote, “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead nor doth He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Longfellow understood a timeless truth. As long as humans are in charge of the world, nothing will be perfect. But God is always with us. As the prophet Isaiah said, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Our Movement will have more good years than bad years. But in season or out, we don’t give up. We can’t give up.

Pro-lifers bring love and joy and peace and hope to the world. We let our light shine through our determination and dedication to making a difference for other humans, especially the most innocent and vulnerable in society.

I pray that as you celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, you remember Him also as Immanuel (“God with us.”)

May the joy of this season remain with you always.

LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.