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Celebration of Life Day

Posted January 22, 2022

January 22, 1973, is a very significant day in the United States. The Supreme Court legalized abortion on-demand in all 50 states after the verdict of the famous Roe vs. Wade case was made.

Almost a decade later, in January of 1984, Ronald Regan created National Sanctity of Human Life Day, which would later be known as Celebration of Life Day. Former President Regan started this day to recognize that all human life matters at all stages.

Anti-abortion organizations praised this day and felt like it acknowledged what they believed about human life and where it began. As well, churches agreed with celebrating this day, and some have even made it a holy day on their calendars.

Although this day started to bring attention to pro-life supporters, it is not strictly about lives lost from abortion, but every life, alive or not. Everyone that you care about should be celebrated on January 22nd. Remind that person that they are loved and that you care about them. Many people also use this day to spend more time with their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate this year’s Celebration of Life Day:

  • Pray

Praying goes a long way. It can bring peace to those who participate and bring hope for the future. Ask God to look after those who were never brought into this world, those who left too soon, and show guidance to those who may be struggling in some way.

  • Volunteer

Find an adoption/foster care center and see if you can volunteer. Volunteering with an organization that works with adoption and foster care can help you educate yourself and others in your area, but remember to be respectful to those who may have different opinions from your own.

  • Spend time with your loved ones

Show your love and appreciation to the people you’re close with. Watch/go see a movie, take a walk in the park, bake, etc. and let that person know that you are happy that they are here.

  • Make a gratitude jar

Celebration of Life Day also means to show love and appreciation that you yourself are alive and well. Write as many things as you can that make you say “life is good” and put them in a jar of some sort. Examples are “my dog”, “my house”, “my family”. When you’re feeling down, pull a note out of the jar and remind yourself how grateful you are.

  • Practice self-love

Take the day to reflect on yourself. What makes you happy? What makes you motivated? How can you continue to better yourself? Ask these types of questions to yourself and make a plan to keep yourself happy. You could even get your friends/family involved and come up with things you can all do together.

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