Because it's December and we're thinking about Christmas, I want to fill my mind and heart with positive news stories.
One in particular really touched me.
A young police officer was called out to investigate a possible convenience store robbery. As he walked around the building to investigate, he came upon a young woman sitting behind the building about to inject heroin. Rather than arrest her immediately, the officer knelt down and talked to her. She told him her life story and he noticed that she was pregnant. To talk her out of injecting the heroin, he offered to adopt her unborn child. This offer made a difference in this young woman's life and the life of her unborn child.
This police officer is a young father of four children. The youngest was just 10 months old at the time. When he called his wife and told her what he had done, she readily agreed because they had already discussed adopting in the future.
When the baby was born - a little girl they named Hope - her birth mother knew that the child was going to a loving family. I believe that this young woman is out there somewhere turning her life around because of the kindness of a stranger.
In the very least, a baby has been given a chance at a life full of love.
These acts of extraordinary kindness and generosity occur every day in this country. Let's you and I determine that we will be among those who make life better for others every day.
~ Mary Burkett