Learning to Lament

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 in Prayer, Society

Learning to Lament

The Sanctity of Human Life

In January 1984, former President Ronald Reagan began a solemn tradition in our country – Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Each year on the Sunday closest to January 22, we have the opportunity to collectively mourn the tens of millions of lives that have been lost since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. This year, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will be held on January 21, and we have the opportunity to come before God as the body of Christ to mourn and cry out to God.

Taking time to stop, mourn and pray has long been a spiritual practice and discipline. We see many examples in Scripture in the Old and New Testaments of lament, and our participation can be powerful. One definition of the word lament is “When we hurt physically, we cry out in pain; when we hurt religiously, we cry out in lament.” Lamentation can be described as a loud, religious ‘Ouch!’

Currently, four in ten women who have had an abortion are actively attending a church. Therefore, the abortion issue directly affects each of our churches. Our lament should be loud! This is a way that our hearts are able to be formed and brought into God’s heart – to feel what God feels.

Please join Embracing Options and the many Rochester-area churches as we bring awareness of the moral evil of abortion and the multiplied impact it has on the lives of those affected by it. Let us learn to lament together. In doing so, we will find something important: God’s love and mercy can lead to forgiveness and healing from the deep wounds caused by abortion!

by Crystal Cutting

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