BARTLEY, Jack Donald 1950- 2016 Jack passed away peacefully at home to be with his Lord on August 6, 2016 in his 67th year. In 1971 Jack married his high school sweetheart Christine, and together they shared the joy of raising their daughter Sarah Bartley and son Ian Bartley.
Predeceased by his parents Jack Walter and Rose Remigus Bartley.
God gave us minds to think with and we want our children to learn to engage with the world in which they live. I saw a bit of her child-like innocence die on that Monday morning.
So I said to her, “it’s when someone makes a baby stop being in their mommy’s belly.” I thought that answer was a safe and adequate response to a topic I hoped we could press into at a later age.
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As a parent, we get all kinds of questions from our children. We need God to move in the hearts of abortion doctors like a dear friend of mine who came to me one day after a sermon and confessed that he had been doing abortions for years and that he was repenting and asking Christ to forgive him.
It was one of those moments in time that I don’t think I’ll soon forget. The first is the sadness a parent feels as they watch their children begin to process what it means to live in a sinful, fallen world. The second thing I left the conversation with was a fresh burden to see abortion ended.
There’s an innocence that a parent wants to preserve in their child, but when they ask questions, we need to try to answer. It was heartbreaking to watch my daughter, who already loves the idea of marriage and having children, process the idea that someone would kill their child.
Now, I’m a believer in age-appropriate answers…but I felt my inadequacy on this one. “Yes, honey, in an abortion the baby dies when the person takes it out of their mommy’s belly.” A moment of silence followed as she took it all in. ” We’ve tried to be wise in shielding our daughter from the horrors of the world she lives in, but during the Newton tragedy, she asked many difficult questions as well and she learned a lot about death and murder and the fact that some people kill other people. But when she asked me this question, I couldn’t find a way to explain it. At this point, I felt like we had gone far enough and I changed the subject. I pray God will use the terror she feels about sin to open her heart to believe in Christ.
I stood there as my daughter’s innocent eyes looked to me awaiting an answer to a seemingly normal question about a word she hadn’t noticed before. Since that day, she has been tuned into the fact that people kill each other sometimes. As I’ve reflected on all of this, two things have weighed heavily on my heart. May God give us wisdom to shepherd our children’s hearts through the sad realities of this fallen world.
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