How a Life Can Support LIFE: Part 1
WARNING! The following post is heavy. Just – you know – I’m like that sometimes.
When I think back to some of my very dark days – single, pregnant, and terrified numb – I often wonder what the outcome would have been for me had there been someone trustworthy to help me see clearly, support me, and to show me a better way.
I was hugely mistaken when I thought I had no other choice than to have an abortion. A voice of loving reason was missing, and not only were the words missing, but also the actions to back them. A girl at my church got pregnant. All I had heard were whispers. They refused to help her or give her a shower for fear it would be confused as support of her stupid decisions.
What I’ve experienced from passionate Pro-Life supporters has been only in public arenas – outspoken personalities tagging whole slews of people with the name “baby-killers.” In all my bone-deep support of life, and in all the pain of loss I’ve experienced because of my own abortion, I have found myself not wanting at all to be associated with the pro-lifers whose weapon of choice seems to be Hate, the very characteristic that Jesus Himself associated with murder.
A dear friend of ours recently interviewed me about my abortion experience, and out of that conversation came memories of how handcuffed the church seemed in how to deal with unwanted pregnancies. So I’ve been thinking about what it means to live out a Pro-Life Life, how stories of the better way can arm the weak with Hope, how empathy can empower someone against loneliness and depression, and how the loving actions of those coming along side the weak can be the underpinning that not only supports a new generation but also allows it to experience Life and all the Yeses that come with it.
In the next couple of days, we’ll share an idea, a groundbreaking model for holistic healing, one that I am humbled to the dust to even know about, and I’m asking you now to start praying about being involved.
What ways have you witnessed or lived out a Love-induced Pro-Life Life?