Every 30 seconds…
by Sarah Ankenman
So, have you ever been sad and just wanted someone to be sad with you? Like not preach at you or try and cheer you up, but just kind of “be” with you? Like exist together under your gray cloud so you can fully feel everything you need to feel before deciding enough’s enough and getting up and doing something about it? I felt that way a bit tonight and so I turned to Ecclesiastes because I knew Solomon would deliver on the “hanging-out-depressed-together” thing. And of course, what always happens when I read the Word happened: a verse popped out at me as if I had never read it before…
“For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.” (1:18)
I was able to kind of pinpoint where some of my sadness was coming from through it. If you didn’t know already, working in the pro-life/abortion industry is hard on daily basis, because it it tears at your emotions and constantly brings the worst of the world before your eyes. You help women that are victims of rape or human trafficking, parents forcing daughters to kill their unborn grandchildren, married men forcing the other woman they got pregnant to get an abortion because they don’t want any “evidence” around of their misdeeds (or married women wanting to get rid of the
evidence of their own adultery), women with various addictions knowing they are not in the right state of mind to adequately parent, women that are homeless and don’t want to bring a child into the world they can’t give a safe home to, and a million other scenarios that are just as difficult. I read hundreds of client cases of women being forced into abortion and their situations just break my heart.
In pro-life ministry, you have these super highs with lives saved, but they are always coupled with super lows. We grieve so deeply for people we may have never met that are touched by abortion, and unborn children that will never see the light of day. You have to be called to this ministry, and oftentimes I question God on whether I am strong enough for it. You know you are making a difference with each life saved, but then you wonder if you will ever do enough to stop the thousands being slaughtered everyday, and you tend to get discouraged a lot, (so please remember to pray for OFL as well as those working in pregnancy centers across the country).
You keep going though, because the alternative is unacceptable to you. You now know the truth, and you can’t forget the names and the stories, and the fact that 3500 people are being murdered everyday. We are all in shock at what happened in Nigeria, over 2000 in one massacre, and rightly, we should be. It’s a horrible and unspeakable evil. Yet no one blinks an eye (including the American church) at the 3500 a day being massacred daily in the US alone. Why is that? I honestly believe it has to do with the fact that no one is broadcasting about it. And if no one knows, why should we expect them to do anything about it?
About every 30 seconds a life is lost through the practice of abortion in the US…
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