“Jesus said ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” Luke 23:34
Father, forgive those who just voted to repeal the ban on abortion in Ireland. They know not what they do. Lord, we pray for an awaking in the people in Ireland and around the world to the truth of abortion and the darkness to be exposed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Miles of air separated us from the ground below as we sped across the country in flight. The beauty of being in the air is that for a moment, reality seems to suspend and time stands still. For a moment everything in our world has to wait. But somewhere beneath all that air, life is happening with all its highs and lows, joys and sorrows, light and darkness.
A newspaper article in the back of the plane jarred me back into reality with the headline, “Quiet Revolution ends Ireland’s abortion ban”. The title is accompanied by a picture equally as heartbreaking—smiles of hundreds to thousands in a crowd as they celebrate the news that they now have the freedom to have abortions. In the middle of the crowd, a father smiling with delight holds up his about eleven-year-old daughter (the same age as my daughter) and this girl too is raising her hand in victory celebrating the outcome of legal abortion in Ireland. She has no idea her merriment in this moment holds misery later.
The irony (if that was even adequate to describe the contrast) was that we had just left a retreat for ministering healing to those who have been wounded by the pain of abortion. If all those people smiling in the crowd pictured in the newspaper had seen what we just encountered, if they knew the devastation and agony of abortion, would they still be rejoicing?
As one who ministers to those with abortion-wounded hearts, I can tell you the other side of abortion is void of celebration. There are no victory cries, smiles, or hurrahs. The other side is laden with sadness, regret, heartache, guilt, and shame. If they only knew. Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. Have mercy on Ireland, O Lord. Unfortunately, in time, they will know. In time, those shouts of praise will turn to sobs of sorrow—anguish so deep it seems even too hard for our God to heal.
Thankfully nothing is too difficult for our God and He can and does heal the broken-hearted. Ireland is about to embark on a journey into darkness for its people, a darkness that once released is relentless and not easily escaped. How I wish Deeper Still wasn’t needed in Ireland or anywhere in the world. But even if there were a miracle and abortion ended in our lifetime (which could happen, anything is possible-YES and AMEN!), as of right now, there are millions upon millions who have suffered from abortion, who have an abortion-wounded heart right now. All in need of healing (whether they are aware of it or not—there is always deeper with Jesus). My friends, that alone is heartbreaking. All those millions living in a place less than Jesus has for them. Many of them living in quiet shame, regret, and guilt—fearing anyone ever knowing the truth, fearing reality.
Many with abortion wounded hearts are living in an airplane state—if I just stay here, high above my reality, then maybe everything will be fine on the ground. My reality can be suspended as I live in an alternate reality avoiding what is happening far below in the deep places of my heart. However, eventually, truth roars on the runway of our hearts often in unexpected, subconscious or shrouded ways. We search for reasons we act the way we do or have the relationship issues we have or insecurities we face and the “quiet revolution” in our souls ends as we cannot stand to remain the same. Suddenly facing the pain is the only way to escape the pain.
The “Quiet Revolution” in Ireland may have ended the ban of abortion there, but there is another quiet torment that is about to begin. They have no idea the trade they made. May the next revolution not be so quiet as truth about life is declared and may the silence of the pain of abortion end.