Laughter: A Pro-Life Prayer
(Eds note: yesterday, Sarah Grace Pavelchak wrote a personal reflection on prayer. Today, we are publishing an actual prayer concerning the topic of abortion. It was written during the National March for Life, but we held off publishing until now because we believe that it's important that the issue of abortion not be something that's in the public consciousness for a little while and then forgotten.)
This prayer is dedicated to Eric Garrett, Janelle Garrett, Rusty Hein, Sarah Chew and especially Allura Lightfoot.
Lord make us strong.
Strong enough to be the minority or the majority
Strong enough to withstand ridicule because we’re perceived as wrong or withstand complacency because we’re perceived as right
Strong enough to ignore both backlash and compliments
Strong because You are strong and exchange Your strength for our weakness
Strong enough for them.
Lord give us compassion.
Compassion for mothers who call themselves pro-choice because they don’t feel like they have a choice
For men who refuse to be fathers because they had fathers who refused to be men
For those who can’t imagine supporting a child when they can’t even pay rent
For hidden tears and hidden guilt
Cold insults and colder consciences
Closed eyes and empty hearts
Compassion for those who laugh at the death of laughter and cry at the death of tears
And for parents who re-define murder because they can’t face a guilt that would drive them to snuff out their own lives as well
Lord, break our hearts and mend our spirits
Strengthen our resolve and weaken our knees
Amplify our voices and silence our doubt
Magnify our courage and eliminate our cowardice.
Lord remind us of the Cross
A cross where you died for the needy
A cross where you died for the weak
A cross where you died for the helpless
A cross where you died for the least of these
A cross where you died to show us what it means to carry a cross and bear a burden.
Lord, give us wisdom
Wisdom to know when to be loud and when to be quiet
When to preach and when to pray
When to be a voice they can’t shut up and when to be a shoulder they can cry on
To know the difference between convicting the hard-hearted and condemning the unsure
When to say “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” and when to say “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”
When it’s OK to say “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Wisdom to know your yoke is easy and your burden is light
Because your yoke is easy and your burden is light
Give us a burden
Lord, give us a burden!
Your burden is easy because it doesn’t take much sacrifice to stop babies from being sacrificed on the altar of not having a burden
Your burden is easy because it’s easy to show empathy toward a mother who legitimately does not think she is a mother
Your burden is easy because it’s easy to show empathy toward a mother who will be called a slut if she bears the child resulting from an act she didn’t want instead of discarding something the culture she grew up in convinced her was a “fetus”
Your burden is easy because we’ve all heard children laugh
We’ve all heard children laugh
We’ve all heard children laugh
And when our government stops sanctioning the silencing of future laughter, then, and only then,
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