General Book Stuff, Writing

LIGHT AND LIFE (Guest Post) by Patti J. Smith


The angel's announcement to Mary about her most blessed unplanned pregnancy.
“Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
(Luke 1:28, NLT)


Luke 1:34-38 But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

I attended a Light and Life fundraiser recently.  The fundraiser is appropriately named, as it raises funds to purchase mobile ultrasound machines for pregnancy resource centers. Ultrasound is an instrumentality which transforms sound into images, light which “pierces the darkness,” illuminating the life of the unborn baby in the mother’s womb, transforming the perceptions of an abortion-minded mother or father through a light of life – the images of their son or daughter.

It was a successful event, and the speakers were outstanding.  One stood out, though, with a comment that was very insightful and thought-provoking…”Who best to represent an unplanned pregnancy than the Blessed Virgin Mary?”  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone reacted to an unplanned pregnancy as Mary did by saying, “Yes”?

Patti J. Smith, Helping Hands Press Author
Patti J. Smith, Helping Hands Press Author

Patti J. Smith is a married grandmother of two. She recently retired after working as a federal auditor, elementary school secretary and background investigator. She is a caregiver to her parents and uncle and now has time to pursue her passion for writing. She has written poetry since childhood; however, she eventually heard the call to write devotionals. Through her work, she hopes to spread the message of God’s endless love, mercy and compassion. 

Her ministries include co-leading Rachel’s Hope Post-Abortion retreats in San Diego County and serving as a Regional Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She’s also a football fanatic (NFL and Fantasy) and a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan.


I found Patti’s post to be particularly appropriate for my blog for two reasons:

(1) This is just after Christmas, and we haven’t reached the Day of Epiphany yet, so this topic and passage are still timely.

(2) This fits in really well with the theme of my story, PROTECTING ZOE, which is coming soon from Helping Hands Press (Patti is another Helping Hands Press author). In my story, seventeen-year-old Noelle is faced with the choice to either save her child’s life or end it through abortion.

I still have some ARCS available. To get one, all you have to do is follow this link and fill out the information in the Google Doc. It’s easy, it’s fast, and you’ll get a good, free read to start off your new year. Total win! 🙂

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