It always saddens me when a person, especially a woman, can consider any new life “disastrous,” as in Betsy Donaldson’s July 3 letter. Yes, I am a Christian and do firmly believe in life upon conception; and I understand perfectly, through family circumstances of my own, that accepting new life is not always easy, but it is never “disastrous.”

I judge no one; I was not properly educated as to the sanctity of life, sex and marriage, and I did many foolish things as a young adult that I now regret deeply. But in our age of information at our fingertips, why aren’t we educating our young people about this now?

Instead of teaching them that recreational sex is fine as long as they use contraceptives, why don’t we teach them that the sexual act is a beautiful, sacred act that is always best when it is in the confines of a loving, lasting relationship, hopefully marriage? And if you do not feel financially or physically ready for a family within that relationship, then you can resort to contraception.

And yes, there will always be poverty, unfortunately. And some people will look for love wherever they can find it to escape their circumstances; again, I judge no one … but the love of a new child, full of hope and joy, can help fill that void. And there are also so many couples who would love to adopt a child when they cannot conceive on their own.

I pray, as I welcome a new grandson into my life, that his life as a child of God may be one of beauty and inspiration — and perhaps be one that helps make our world a better place. Amen.

Brenda Pistani, Southern Pines

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