Across the nation today, defenders of life took a stand against the violence and injustice of Planned Parenthood. I spent this morning at one of the three #ProtestPP rallies in my area. There were about 200 of us, including Dr. Alveda King, gathered in the grassy area across from a strip mall, on a busy road in a run-down part of town.
We were facing the traffic with our signs. Behind us stood a boring brick facade, on which were two words that I’ve been familiar with since childhood.
It was still and dark in the building; no business yet. I prayed there would be no business at all today. I prayed that my own children would never have to be familiar with the horror of those words.
I prayed that my generation would be the one to end it all.
We were a diverse group: young and old; families and single people; black, white, Asian, and hispanic; male and female.
Take note, Planned Parenthood: The love of life and the hatred of murder is universal. The Truth transcends age, race, and gender. And that’s why you will lose in the end.
Some who were there today came at a great personal cost. On the edge of the crowd, I couldn’t help but notice two women quietly weeping on the shoulders of their husbands. I wondered what their stories are, what anguish they hold buried deep in their hearts. I thought of how many women I may unknowingly encounter who have been wounded in some way by abortion and loss. May I always offer them hope and love, and never judgment or isolation.
Dear women full of heartache: You touched me with your courage as you came face to face today with your pain. I prayed hard for you there, that Christ’s love — which is so much greater than your pain and fear and suffering — will bring you healing and peace.
Then my mind turned to all of the beautiful, faithful women I know who have suffered miscarriages, or who have lost their infants at childbirth. The sword has pierced their hearts in a uniquely agonizing way.
Dear sorrowful mothers: I can only imagine what these past few weeks have been like for you — the pain of your losses made fresh again as the news of PP’s atrocities continues to flood social media. I am so very sorry. Thank you for being such powerful witnesses to life and love, even during your profound grief. Although my conscience compels me to post and share the latest news, please know that I think of you and don’t wish to cause you pain. You are on my heart in the midst of this.
There were also a few who came this morning to “stand with Planned Parenthood.” They were young, trendy, and proud of themselves for being a voice for women’s “rights to health care.”
To you, defenders of women and choice: Do you know what you stand with when you stand with Planned Parenthood? What is there to fear if you were to choose life and love instead of death and “freedom?” Do you know that when you separate freedom from love, you are never truly free?
Maybe this is simplistic, but sometimes I think it’s love that people are afraid of when they condone freedom without conscience. When they make the choice to end a life. When they turn a blind eye to violence against the defenseless.
Because love hurts. It rips your heart right open and makes you give and give and die to self until you think you have nothing left, and then it demands you do it all again. And that’s terrifying, even to me.
There’s always the haunting question, What if I can’t do that? What if it will hurt too much? What if I can’t love enough?
The truth is, we can’t. Not on our own.
But in God, there is always enough love. Each and every human person that He creates is made in love and for love. And when we open our hearts to accept His gift of life, He will give us more than enough love to make it.
May God help us to offer His love so lavishly to those standing on the brink of life or death, that they will no longer fear to love.
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