Sisters alongside sisters, exemplifying the beauty of the body of Christ, sharing burdens and healing together. So many women attending Zion’s have gone through this bible study with a sister-in-Christ, together, and come out better on the other side.
According to a study by LifeWay published in November of 2015, “Over 40% 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.” Research also indicates that more than 40% of child-bearing age women have experienced the pain of abortion – that’s 2 out of 5 women.
Without question, abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life.
It’s easy to overlook the unresolved guilt, anger, and shame of abortion that buries itself deep down in the soul, keeping us from receiving the peace and rest that Jesus promised. We can believe and know that we are loved but God, and that He’s taken our sins and put them as far away from Himself as the East is from the West, but how could He love us anyway?
And how do I forgive myself for making that choice?
Sweet sister, does your soul long for healing too? Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30.
You too can find the love of the Father to help release you from that burden, moving you into healing through encouragement, walking alongside a sister-in-Christ. If your heart is steeped in the pain of abortion, or you know of a sister the same, please consider participating in this post-abortive healing. “Surrendering The Secret” is an 8-week bible study created by Pat Layton, who from experience, helps in the healing of hurting women from the heartbreak of abortion through honest and interactive bible study, meaningful group experiences, and unique journaling exercises in a confidential and caring community. The class is always offered in confidence for privacy, so no one needs to know, and it’s open to any sister in need regardless of church affiliation or none at all. I encourage you to view this trailer: https://youtu.be/QuVt-5kn4yY, then reach out to Katie Bailey at email@example.com Katie works for Life’s Choices, a pregnancy help center with offices in Hamburg and Kutztown, and will be leading the study. Katie and I will both be praying that you can take the first step towards healing, or help another sister to find it too.
Our first session of Surrendering the Secret: Post-Abortion Healing will begin in March of 2023 for 8 weeks. I can’t encourage you enough to find healing, and I promise that you will find healing from the pain, forgiveness from the guilt, redemption from the shame, and freedom.
And if you’ve already come through and know these things – Praise God, and please consider being an amazing support by walking another sister through it, hand in hand, heart in heart. ♥