The theme for this year’s life rallies is “The Power of One.” It borrows insight from a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien – “Even the smallest person can change the course of history.” It’s a theme that reminds us, too, that often even the smallest act can make a huge statement.
My favorite recent example of that comes from the story of a teenager in Ohio named Grant Kessler. Grant had just become an uncle. He was so excited to meet his new niece, Carter Ray, that before he went to the hospital to visit her he put on his best suit.
Grant said he got dressed up because “first impressions matter” and he “wanted to show his respect.” Grant said he wanted to show his newborn niece that she was loved and valued from the beginning. He commented, “When Carter’s older, I wanted her to look back and look at those pictures of the day she was born and see the like, respect and attention she was getting that day... I think me wearing the suit was a small part of that.”
It was a little gesture but it communicated something very significant and beautiful about the dignity of life and the joyful reverence that we should show to each individual life.
I read the story about Grant on an internet news site. One person, in the comments section below the story, referred to Grant as a “kind and loving… young man with an old soul.” Grant does indeed have an old soul with some very solid ancient wisdom within it.
Sometimes it seems, with all of the national marches and debates and legislative battles, that there is an epic world-wide and cosmic war taking place regarding the life issues. Maybe so, but this is a war that will be won in little ways. A little shift of attitude, a simple act of love, one brief moment taken in wonder and awe – all can make the difference of a lifetime.
Show your loving respect for God’s miracles of life. It will go a long way.