We are an Easter People…
For the past week or so we have had the visuals of the five babies that were aborted and found in the house of Lauren Handy. The reality of what happened to them is beyond horrific. It is easy to get stuck on the horror of these abortions, the images forever engraved in our minds.
Violence, destruction, cruelty beyond belief, evil, all the work of the devil. Satan would like us to be stuck there in his misery and sin.
It is of course, good, and just that we want to stop these atrocities. It is hard to believe they are even permitted to begin with, and yet they are with blessing of our government.
As a 17-year-old, I was coerced into a saline abortion in my fourth month of pregnancy by my father. After hours of labor, I gave birth to a dead baby boy. I remember not being able to believe that this was actually legal. It seemed so surreal, and yet here I was in a hospital room by myself lying in a bed with my aborted son. It was not different from the pictures we have seen over the last few days, for me, added to the horror was the fact that it was my son.
I hated myself for years for giving in to the pressure to abort, and I have carried that visual with me for over fifty years now, but I will get back to that later.
As we travel the way of the cross, let us, as depicted in the Entering Canaan Ministry Painting, place these babies and all aborted babies in the arms of Mary at the foot of the cross. Let us surrender their lives into her care to bring to her son in heaven.
Let us walk the way of Calvary with her and Jesus remembering not only the five, but the millions of babies slaughtered by abortion, no less horrific, but also remembering that Jesus walks this way for the conversion of sinners, the mothers, the fathers, the abortionists, all those involved in these horrific acts.
We are an Easter people, and our loving and merciful Savior has conquered sin and death, even the sin of abortion. The story does not end with the crucifixion, but with the resurrection of Jesus Christ who conquered sin on the cross.
I have often wondered over the years why Jesus allowed my abortion to happen. Why I wasn’t stronger, why knowing I did not want to abort He did not stop it. Why He permitted me to see the horror of what happened to my son which left wounds too deep to describe.
Over the years I have gotten my answer. He permitted it so that through my healing I would give witness to the unfathomable depth of His love and mercy, which have been waiting for me in that deep wound. That I would speak of how He took such a horrific sin and used it to bring me to Himself, and to peace with my son who desires my salvation but not only for my salvation, but as a catalyst for the conversion of others who live without hope of forgiveness.
We look at Jesus on the cross, but do we really recognize the horror of the sins for which He has died? Do we really believe that He can forgive anything even a sin as horrific as the death of those five babies?
I believe, because I know what He has done in my life and I know when we look at aborted babies whether the ones in DC or any others, (which are no less horrific), it is not the end of the story. Let us work to end abortion but also let us always remember they are no longer suffering but glorified by the Sacrificial love and mercy of Jesus who came to bring us salvation.
Are you a mother, father or sibling suffering from abortion ? What a beautiful time of year to reach out and experience the love and mercy of Jesus!
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