Without question, abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. Research indicates that more than 40% of child-bearing age women have experienced its pain – that’s 2 out of 5 women. Additionally, according to a study by LifeWay published in November of 2015, “Over 40 percent of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members.”
As Christian women, we’re told that we’ve been forgiven in Christ. Even so, we can still carry the burden of guilt and shame ourselves, all in secret while wearing smiles on our faces. Perhaps, sweet sister, you are all too familiar with this struggle. As I began my Christian walk, I found myself unable to get past the pain and anguish of the regretful choices I’d made years ago. Though I knew that Jesus loved and forgave me, putting my past sins as far away as the East is from the West, deep down inside I was still at unrest over what I’d done so many years ago.
Is this a struggle for you too? Does your soul long for healing? God wants us healed and whole. Or maybe this isn’t your past, but you know of a sister struggling with the same. This healing study is open to any sister in need, regardless of church affiliation or none at all.
SURRENDERING THE SECRET is an 8-week bible study created by Pat Layton to heal hurting women and the heartbreak of abortion through honest and interactive bible study, meaningful group experiences, and unique journaling exercises in a confidential, caring community.
Please consider reaching out, in confidence, for more information or just to talk if this is weighing on your heart: Marie Perry at 610-587-2136 and email@example.com, or Katie Bailey at 484-794-3533 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you’ve already come through and been healed, you can be an amazing support by walking another sister through it, hand in hand.