Celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
On January 13, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Christian churches and other organizations and groups across the U.S. and in Canada continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and use the date to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage. In 2021, that date will be January 17, however some churches will be marking it on the 24th because it’s closer to the anniversary. Either way is fine. While we know some churches will not be holding in-person services this year due to the current health crisis, we encourage church leaders to continue to recognize this day and use it as an opportunity to include a pro-life message or prayer in their sermon message or congregational prayer time and hope you will request that your church do so! We encourage individuals as well to find a way to recognize this date, to set aside deliberate time for fasting and prayer and to look for other ways to share the pro-life message that day. While the sanctify of human life at all stages should be recognized and celebrated each and every day, we hope that this designated day might be a catalyst for some intentional prayer and actions that might otherwise not happen, and which we hope will be come regular part of your week. This could include sharing a pro-life image, post, or video on your personal facebook page or other social media account, or sharing a pro-life book with a friend or neighbour, or making a donation to a pro-life organization. We hope you will join us in trying to both inform others who may simply not be aware of the reality and impact of abortion in our nation, and to encourage those who are pro-life or ‘on the fence’ to know that they are not alone in their pro-life position.
The attched Valuing Life from the Start document is produced by Focus on the Family and provides age specific lessons and activities for toddlers to teens to encouage conversation and understanding about the miracle of life!