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October Baby

Jeff Olson —  January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

Over the weekend I watched the film October Baby. It tells the story of a college-aged girl named Hannah whose world is turned upside down after she discovers she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion.

This story about a girl whose life almost wasn’t is a powerful film on forgiveness. Hannah had to wrestle through strong bitter feelings and forgive several people before she could move on with her life.

The film’s grace-filled, non-condemning treatment of Hannah’s biological mother, who had attempted to abort her, was also a surprising breath of fresh air. Women who suffer the heartache of having had an abortion may find watching this film to be a very healing experience.

Something Hannah’s adoptive dad shared with her near the end of the movie also stuck with me. Hannah’s discovery and search for her birth mother caused a lot of tension between the two of them, which he often didn’t handle well. As they stood next to each other at the graveside of the twin brother Hannah never knew she had, her dad confessed,

“It’s not that I don’t trust you. It’s that I’m trying honestly to learn to trust God again.”

Leaving things we care about in God’s capable and loving hands is a most important lesson for us all to learn.

None of us are perfect and can stand sinless before God. Join us as Gene Getz explains God’s plan of salvation and how the death of Jesus pays the price for all of our sin.

Is God loving? Yes. Is He all-powerful? Yes. So why are there horrific levels of suffering throughout the world that both people of faith and those without faith seem to battle with equally? Frankly, it’s impossible for our finite minds to make sense of it. We are left to trust in a God who uses everything–including the suffering–to ultimately bring about His good purposes.

It is impossible to watch or listen to any form of news media and not be struck with how much violence is in the world. The fact that violence erupted between two brother in Genesis 4 and has continued to escalate down through time is verification that there is a bend towards violence that runs through every human heart.