Attention Word Slingers readers: Beginning December 11, 2019, all posts will be available at Thank you for reading Word Slingers!

It’s only a few days away – time to buy those red roses to express your deep love.

No, I’m not talking about St. Valentine’s Day (though I really love that holiday). I’m talking about buying roses to give to your Oklahoma elected officials at the annual Rose Day Pro-Life Rally on Feb. 8.

For more than 25 years, pro-life Oklahomans have flocked to the State Capitol each February, red roses in hand, to show our belief in the sanctity of unborn life and love for pre-born children. In that time, the abortion rate has fallen in Oklahoma, and some 16 life-protecting laws have been passed by the Legislature.

Tragically, though, abortions continue at a conscience-shocking pace in Oklahoma. In 2016, two new abortion clinics were opened in the Oklahoma City area. This means that we, as a pro-life movement, need to stick together more than ever.

We must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We need to support women in the midst of crisis pregnancies and after the birth of their children. We need to re-double our prayer efforts, asking God to help us change hearts and laws.

We also must stay positive in our message and hopeful in our expectations that God will make a mighty move in Oklahoma, in America and around the world. Rose Day has become a flourishing event and a major uniting day for Christians and other pro-life Oklahomans. Let’s pray it continues to be such a beautiful expression of love, as beautiful as a red rose.