What if we made the church the first place a young woman ran to when she found out she was pregnant? (Instead of away from because of shame and guilt.)
What if we stopped being so loud about what we are against but became famous for our love and what we are FOR.
Maybe then the world would look a lot different. It’s one thing to shout from the rooftops that you are pro-life, but they are just words without love – a clanging cymbal. We have to be pro-love in our approach to the broken and hurting.
Pro-love saves them both – the babies and the mommies.
We are all sinners. We all have our struggles. The church should be a safe place for us all. Young women with unplanned pregnancies are scared, looking for hope and for anyone to just tell them that they can do it and that they are strong enough. But sometimes are rejected and struggling alone with life and death decisions.
A baby is not a sin. A baby is a miracle and every life should be celebrated.
And you know what else? As I serve in Embrace Grace and launch small groups in churches for these brave mommas in N. Texas, I have noticed something about how good God is. Sometimes when he wants to draw his precious daughter closer to Him, He might just use a baby to do it.
He might just bless them with the sweetest face they’ve ever laid eyes on so that they can get a tiny glimpse of just how BIG God’s love is for each one of us.
And there is good news! I am seeing the tides change. I am seeing the church stop shooting at their wounded. I am seeing the church stop talking so much about the problem but more on the solution, and that’s God’s love. I am seeing the church open their eyes to people the way God sees them. We are loving people even when they look different from us and we have compassion for people we don’t understand.
From where I serve, I am seeing young women surrender their life over to the Lord the night of their baby shower thrown by the church, because they are drawn by the goodness of God. I am seeing young women choose life because they know their church will gracefully accept them and they do not have to walk this season alone. I am seeing women that walk into church with shame and fear but walking out with confidence that God will equip them to be a great mom. I have front row seats to miracles.
Co-Founder and President of Embrace Grace, Inc.