“Nearly every table set for the family gathering at Thanksgiving this year will have a missing place, if not two or more, since one in three women in America now has an abortion by age 45”
Do you get the enormity of that number? That number is 1 out of every 3 women. This includes the women in your small group, your neighborhood, and your Bible study. If there are 200 women in your church, 66 of them have experienced the tragedy personally.
Churches have voiced their opinion about abortion. These are babies whose lives have been taken from them. We call them innocent victims. But there is another victim in every abortion story. She knows that she wasn’t innocent and she knows that her church calls abortionists “baby killers”. She is ashamed and her husband of 20 years doesn’t even know. She is desperate to find healing and forgiveness and the place she is most afraid to look for it might be her very own church.
I can’t say it any better than this (also from the article referenced above):
“We who are pro-life must realize and remember that “I told you so” is not the loving response to those in mourning over their abortions. Even more important than mourning for the lost lives of those missing from the table is mourning with those in mourning who are seated there with us: our sisters, our daughters, our cousins, friends.”
We can do better. We need to do better.
To my dear friends and family who are hurting, I am so sorry. I love you.
**If you are hurting because of a past abortion and live in the area, our church will be offering a confidential Bible study in early 2014 called Surrendering the Secret. If you are interested, I will be posting a link with contact information on my facebook page. All communication is completely confidential. **