Updated: Apr 29
Recently I had to disagree with a social post from a fellow yoga teacher that stated abortion is safer than getting your wisdom teeth out. The stance that was taken became about religious views, which in my opinion is preposterous. Regardless if women love Christ, Krishna, Buddha or are a practicing atheist, abortion hurts the woman tremendously.
Being a woman who chose long before I surrendered my life to God I was tormented beyond comprehension and did any thing I could to numb my pain. It took years after coming to Christ to be healed. Years! I simply couldn't believe I could be forgiven, whole and redeemed. Grace was out of my reach even though I did in fact love God with all I had to offer from an empty soul.
When will we realize that Christian woman suffer the same as non-Christian woman that exercised their right to choose? Shame and brokenness crosses all lines of viewpoints, religions, political parties, colors, creeds, and all other "lines" that the world tries to use to separate us.
Creating a side based on an argument never helps the shame the women feels deep in her heart who is actually the one fighting. In this redundant debate she will duck out again from the political vs religious viewpoints unseen and feeling discarded.
The women who need someone to see her struggling beyond her fake smile asks the question, where is my safe place to speak truth and be heard? Not just to state the truth to be once again retaliated upon but, rather compassion to be shown to her brokenness.
I tried to explain to my fellow yoga teacher, who is a male by the way, to please consider that the pain is more than physical. Again it became about religion and separating church from state. When we are more interested in making our opinion the point, we miss the opportunity to reach a women's hurting heart. This was entirely missed in my asking of a simple consideration.
For those of you who are hurting and have no voice, we see you and hear your pain. We will speak out for your behalf and fight along with you for the battle of your soul. Please know you can contact us anytime to talk. We will listen without judgment. You are not alone!
Selah Yoga Studio is a haven for the hurting so we think it is important to walk our talk. We offer Comforting Rachel classes for the abortion wounded at our studio. Being the owner, and abortion wounded myself I pray that you can find hope and peace.
Here is an excerpt from the curriculum we use. Her Choice to Heal : Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion by Synda Masse`
"It is terrifying for many to consider actually mourning the loss of their aborted children. Tears of remorse are difficult to release because we fear these emotions will consume us. The looming presence of this pain may drive us to great fear. Thoughts of suicide may creep in and out of our minds because it sounds easier than touching that pain. Often we ignore or deny it.
But God has not forgotten us. We are visible to Him now as we were before the abortion. He will be there to help us clear away the rubble that is left from our walls. What we fear is the pain of the truth, our guilt, and shame. We don't want to hurt anymore. What He knows is that the darkness of these secrets can shield us from the light of His mercy and grace."
www.comfortingrachel.com A safe place for the hurting to process grief, shame, and guilt to help with the healing process.
May you be healed deeply so that you know freedom in your soul.