Did God really say…?

Cherish Both the Young and the Old

By Milena Salonek, Grade 8

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Do you cherish the young and old? Do you cherish the weak? If you truly love and cherish them you should not even think of euthanasia or aborting a baby. God loves each and every one of us just the way we are. You should love and cherish all of your loved ones because life is short. God’s word clearly states that all human life is important, both young and old. We find the answers about the young and old in God’s word. In Isaiah 46: 3-10 it says “ Listen to me, O house of Jacob... you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you and rescue you.”

When we struggle to find an answer to questions in our society that have to do with abortion and euthanasia we should look in God’s word. John 6:68 says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”. God is the one who decides and numbers our days, it’s His decision.

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Abortion is the taking of human life before the baby is born. In God’s word it states that even unborn babies are very special to God. Jeremiah 1:5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to all nations.” God has a plan for each and every one of us, and killing a baby is not in His plan for us.

The old also have just as much value as the young. Even though they may be weak or ill, God will decide when He wants them with Him in heaven. They have a great wealth of knowledge to teach us many things.

Even if you have had an abortion God will always forgive you if your sorry for your sins, if you believe that he sent his one and only son to die on the cross for us. He is a loving and caring Father. Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace as a gift. Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”. We all have the gift of eternal life if we ask for forgiveness.

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Church: Watertown Evangelical Free Church

School: Christ Community Lutheran School

Teacher: Kelli Binstock

Virginia Flo, Regional Director of Minnesota for Lutherans For Life, presents Millie with the 2019 Lutherans for Life Essay Award at her 8th-grade graduation.

Virginia Flo, Regional Director of Minnesota for Lutherans For Life, presents Millie with the 2019 Lutherans for Life Essay Award at her 8th-grade graduation.

CCLS sixth through eighth grade students participate in an annual Essay Contest in support of life. The theme for this year’s essay contest was “Did God Really Say?…” and “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” from John 6:68. 

Eighth-grade essays must incorporate the 2019 Lutherans for Life (LFL) Conference Theme: Did God Really Say…? and the 2019 LFL Conference Bible Verse: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” from John 6:68.  Life-affirming essays should be up to 400 words, and include topics such as abortion, the disabled, adoption, foster care, infanticide, cloning, stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

Essay assessment is based upon organization (structure and transitions), introduction, background, thesis statement, conclusion, main points, bibliography, main points (LFL mission and conference theme verse), biblical accuracy, style, audience awareness, and mechanics (spelling, punctuation, capitalization). Millie’s essay will be submitted to Lutherans for Life’s National Essay Contest.