May 13, 2020    


In 1927 my great grandmother found out she was pregnant. I can’t say for sure what brought her to make the decision she made, but in a time when abortion was illegal, she sought one. I don’t know what procedure was attempted; all I know is that it failed, and on Christmas day in 1927, my grandmother was born. Her own grandparents raised her along with her aunts, who became more like sisters to her. She lived with knowing her own mother had rejected her, but at some point, in her adult life was able to experience the love and acceptance of the Father. I would like to honor the memory of my grandmother and the life that flowed from her. Three generations and over 40 lives are here because of her perseverance through life’s difficulties.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Even in the womb, God had plans for my grandmother and for all of us who stand here today because of her. I am encouraged to persevere and embrace those plans, no matter what rejection or obstacles may come. Corrie Ten Boom said, “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.” After 91 years, my grandma passed away, but her ‘donation’ to life will be remembered for generations.

Standing together,

Caitlin Wightman