The Christmas season is upon us, and there is much encouragement to be found in the messages of the holiday. We sing of tidings of comfort and joy, of the coming peace on earth, and of our King who arrived as a tiny, helpless baby who would die for our redemption. But at times that peace seems far off, and the tidings or news that we hear is not comforting or joyous. For the days when it feels like your efforts for life are fruitless, here are five tidings of comfort and joy that will encourage you in your work. Be encouraged, and carry on in your labors of love for the abortion-minded men and women that God brings into your life!
1. Though the fight seems physical, it’s spiritual.
This week we heard the horror stories from Argentina when pro-life men praying outside of their monastery were attacked by topless pro-abortion women. Attacks like this one are not as rare as you would hope. In the face of such actions it’s easy to think of our fight against death in a very “flesh and blood,” physical sense. But the good news is that the fight is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers of darkness in the spiritual realms. This is good news because it reminds us that this war will be won on our knees, as we entreat our Heavenly Father for eyes to be opened, for lies to be exposed to the truth, and for darkness to be overcome by light. Ultimately, we won’t win the war for life in our own physical strength. We’ll win as God grants the victory and as more people come to Him.
2. For the brokenness, there’s a Healer.
Every person has been affected and touched by the fall, and because of that every person you meet will be broken. Some people’s brokenness is more apparent than others, and some people are really good at hiding and masking their brokenness. But behind every exterior facade of determination and abortion-mindedness, there is pain and a hollow ache that only Christ can heal. We get to be the extenders of that healing; the people who show mothers and fathers and friends that there is Someone who wants to heal their pain, who wants to give them life. This is good news, and we should share it joyfully.
3. For the darkness, there is light.
Pro-life work is hard. It’s hard to see women blinded by darkness, who cannot see the light. It’s hard to see them make decisions that end in death, and to see mothers make these decisions day after day. But comfort can be taken in this: Remembering that though darkness seems to have victory and authority, it ultimately cannot hide the light. “In him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5) Be of good cheer — Christ has overcome the world and all of its darkness, pain, and sorrow. Darkness cannot win. Light will triumph over it.
4. For moments of confusion, there is a Counselor.
For times when you don’t know what to say, or how to help a mother in need, remember that we have a Wonderful Counselor. He promises wisdom when we lack it (James 1) and will give the words to say and actions that are compassionate when the moment arises. Even when we feel helpless, our Counselor is with us, and He loves the women we’re serving.
5. For despair, there is hope.
The death and destruction brought by abortion lead to despair. This despair affects everyone involved, from the mother who chooses to end her baby’s life to the father who feels a sense of loss, to the grandparents who will never cradle their grandchild. The despair runs deep, and threatens to rip hearts to unmendable shreds. But for every despairing heart, there is a Redeemer who offers hope that runs deeper than the deepest despair. This redeemer keeps every tear in a bottle, and offers redemption, forgiveness, and hope beyond understanding.
For the mother who feels that her decision is unforgivable, there is hope.
For the father who bears responsibility and hides his grief, there is hope.
For the grandparents with regrets for their part, there is hope.
Romans 5:6-11 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Take joy and hope in your work this season. It is not in vain. Your efforts are not fruitless. And you are strengthened by the One who created you for this work.