A Powerful Testimony from a Post-Abortive Mother Leading Others to Healing and Wholeness in Jesus

“More than one in four women have had an abortion. This is an epidemic! So many are hurting. But because of God’s grace, and His grace alone, I am given the privilege to meet other women in their own struggle with abortion, and I can show them the beautiful complete healing of Jesus.”   

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On January 22, 2020, the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade, 130 pro-lifers gathered in front of Planned Parenthood, Warminster, PA for a Prayer Rally for Life.  Wendy Schettig was one of the invited guest speakers.  She shared her compelling testimony about the impact of having an abortion as a 19 year-old teen.  Her journey takes her from deep regret, extreme emotional pain and mental breakdowns to forgiveness, healing and redemption through Jesus and His Holy Word.

Wendy is a wife, mother and musician, singer/song writer.  She has a ministry to post-abortive women, faithstep.  Wendy’s healing and inspirational music is available at wendyschettig.com/cds.  Read her miraculous testimony below.

Below is a very personal story, my story about abortion. The reason I tell you this story is because I want others to know there is help for women and men who are struggling with abortion(s) in their past. It’s not a political story, it’s just a very true story about the pain I was unable to reconcile between myself, my unborn baby, and God. It was only when I finally grasped the true depth of God’s love that I found healing. Here is my story:

I had an abortion in August 1975 when I was 19 years old. I lived in a small town in Maine at home with my Dad who was verbally abusive and a heavy drinker. I was afraid of Dad and afraid of what the small-town-busybodies would say when they found out I was pregnant. The baby’s father didn’t hesitate to strongly suggest abortion. So I took what I thought was the easy way out and had an abortion. I was told I could have this procedure, forget about it, and go on with my life like nothing happened. I was young and naive, so I believed them.

Although I had been told the baby inside me wasn’t much more than a bunch of cells, deep down I knew this was a little life that trusted me to protect it. It seemed easier not to dwell on what I thought was true, so it served my purposes to bury my doubts.

However, during the abortion, with the truth ripping at my soul, I cried bitterly as I lay on the table. I believed my baby’s soul was floating upward and away into the darkness of space without love and surrounded by the cold. In the days and years to come, the terrible emptiness of that thought took me to untold depths.

When the abortion was over, I asked the nurse if my baby was a boy or a girl. She laughed and answered harshly, “How should I know? It came out in lots of little pieces.” I was horrified. I could do nothing else but choke down my feelings, get up and walk away.
I managed not to think about it most of the time, but a slow insidious grief crept in. I became withdrawn. I allowed thoughts of condemnation to seep into my mind. They were words of deep shame and worthlessness.

The abusive words I continued to hear from my father rang truer than ever because now they validated the horrible person I had become. I hated myself. I apologized for my very existence and felt grateful that anyone would bother to house me. I thought I would be better off dead so the rest of the world would have one less burdensome mouth to feed.

A year later I married a man who knew nothing about the abortion. I hoped I could fix my pain by changing my living situation and my home. I was just making more mistakes to try to fix the old ones, and more people were getting hurt in the process.

By the time I was twenty one, I had been married, divorced, and alienated from my dad. I drank too much and continued down a path of destruction. I was an emotional meltdown waiting to happen. That meltdown came three years later in the form of a terrible nightmare. I dreamed I gave birth to my lost baby. I was excited at the thought of seeing my baby, but before I could hold it or even see it, the doctor wrapped it up and took it away. I ran down the hall crying for my baby, but when I found it I was horrified to see the doctor chopping it up with a butcher knife. I awoke screaming at the doctor to stop killing my baby.

After the dream that night I lay there in the dark crying and bitterly hating the doctor. As I sorted out the memory of my dream, I was initially relieved that the nightmare was just a dream. It hurt as I felt strong maternal instincts for my baby and dearly longed for it to be alive with me. But then the deep hidden truth crept in — this nightmare was real — the baby was real — the doctor was real — and a powerful Truth spoke directly to my soul, “The doctor didn’t kill my baby. I did.”

I cried for two days. I couldn’t get out of bed. I just cried. As I lay there alone thinking, I decided I should die. Then I thought about hell. Prior to this I didn’t think hell existed, but now I realized there must be a hell for people like me. If I killed myself, I would surely go there. I wanted to crawl out of my own skin and be someone or even something else. Then I thought about God. I didn’t know much about God, but I knew he was angry with me. I surely didn’t deserve anything else but death and hell.

After the second day of crying, I mustered up enough self preservation to run away. I decided to run away from me. I hoped maybe I would be able to start a new life again somewhere where nobody knew me. Then maybe after twenty years or so God would forget what I did, and He would let me be His friend. So I grabbed a few clothes, my guitar, and drove away. I left what I knew behind and went looking for God.

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God Speaks to Us Through History – Reflection from the March for Life

God Speaks to Us

 

The following is from Ted Meehan, long-time pro-life warrior from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  

Reflection from the March for Life

God speaks to us through history. He is speaking to us today, in the Culture War that has been raging for 5 decades or more.  The forces of Secular Progressivism justify every evil with Moral Relativism, Political Correctness, and distorted views of Diversity. The denial of God is either implied or articulated. Objective Truth is denied. Virtue is ridiculed. Life itself is treated as a commodity of minimal value.

We are all called upon to be prophets – whether we are willing or not. We must confront the onslaught of cultural depravity, and defend Truth and Virtue and Morality. In fact, we have arrived at a point where even common sense itself requires defending. If we avoid the battle, we will find ourselves living in a state of despair, and hopelessness. Joy will be gone. Hope will end. Beauty will no longer exist. And we will live meaningless lives, filled with superficial madness – with no hope of salvation.

God is the source of Truth, and Beauty, and Virtue, and Goodness. He is Love. He is calling upon YOU to measure your life, to see if you seek to please Him, or to please the forces of moral chaos, and depravity. One cannot be neutral. “If you are not with Me, you are against Me.”

 

 

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

Pro-life…Except Human Life

The selfishness of our society was nowhere more keenly illustrated than when one bleach-blonde twenty-something blurted, “Babies are gross!”…..

Foundations of Truth is a website dedicated to the truth.  Here is an excerpt from their mission statement.  “Truth is a rare commodity in today’s world. From entertainment to news, politics to education, and science to religion, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern between what is true and what is fake…..To help answer these questions, Foundations of Truth connects today’s specific issues and news stories with the eternal and foundational truths of God’s ” What follows is a recent article from their website.

Every life is a valuable miracle, and it’s God’s involvement in life that gives it direction and purpose.

For example, when God talked to the prophet Jeremiah about the task for which he had been made, God told him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
This verse affirms the foresight of God for each of us and the value He places on each individual human—a value he assigns to no other living species, thus elevating man above animals.

In a recent PragerU video, Will Witt presented people on the street with two petitions. One was to save baby eagles, which was quickly signed by all. The other was to stop the killing of humans, which was also enthusiastically received—until the words “anti-abortion” were added. Young progressives froze as that buzzword brought them to a halt.

The selfishness of our society was nowhere more keenly illustrated than when one bleach-blonde twenty-something blurted, “Babies are gross!”, showing the same physical repulsion as a child who refuses to touch a dead worm. When Witt told another woman who signed the eagle petition that “We wanna protect [unborn children’s] rights, too,” she responded, “Wait! No! I don’t agree with that!”[1]

To put it bluntly, she disagrees with protecting the most basic of all human rights—the right to live—the right to be born. That fundamental right has been so redefined in recent years that nearly half of all Americans now consider themselves “pro-choice,”[2] meaning they want to rob unborn children of their ability to make any choice, ever.

Not just Christians care about unborn life but many atheists do as well. Some 19% of atheists identify as pro-life. [3] As famous atheist Christopher Hitchens affirms, “the unborn entity has a right [to life] on its side and every effort should be made to see that it is preserved.”[4]

There is no rational reason to couch abortion in terms of “women’s rights.” In fact, pro-life feminists such as Frederica Mathewes-Green see “pro-choice” arguments as often being made from a position of fear—a fear of, and a desire to avoid pregnancy. She suggests that many women, finding themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, “wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.”[5] Of course, the solution for this fear is not more abortions but rather better support and resources for the women who do experience unwanted pregnancies, thus allowing them to carry the child to term without the mother believing she is throwing away her own hopes and dreams.

The good news is that the number of abortions performed annually has been on the decline for the past few decades.[6] But in the meantime, we still need to confront this issue head-on and defend the rights of the unborn. After all, they are human, their life is ordained by God, and we should therefore defend their fundamental God-given inalienable rights, which begins with the right to be born.

Website: Foundations of Truth

Footnotes:
[1] PragerU, “Is an Eagle Egg More Valuable Than a Baby?,” YouTube (September 4, 2019), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9Ye_Uk-x8
[2] “Abortion,” Gallup (May 2019), https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx
[3] Hemant Mehta, “Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here’s Why I’m One of Them,” Friendly Atheist (March 11, 2014), https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2014/03/11/yes-there-are-pro-life-atheists-out-there-heres-why-im-one-of-them/
[4] Melvin Olontha, “Hitchens: Humanism and abortion,” YouTube (October 22, 2008), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8HhTKzmvas
[5] Frederica Mathewes-Green, “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense,” National Review (January 22, 2016), https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/abortion-roe-v-wade-unborn-children-women-feminism-march-life/
[6] “Historical abortion statistics, United States,” Johnston’s Archive (August 17, 2019), http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-unitedstates.html

 

 

 

Hate Has No Home Here – Or Does It?

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In his column in the Bucks County Courier Times this past weekend, JD Mullane wrote about the vandalism and destruction of the memorial crosses  on  the property of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, located in Buckingham Township.  In his article he mentions the ‘anti-hate signs’ you see all over Bucks County and beyond.

These signs are mostly put up by members of a certain party.

The party that:

I could go on, but you get the gist.  This party is a party of hypocrisy.  And while not all in the party support these ideas, the far left contingent who have taken over  have been successful in silencing those who are more moderate.

How should Christians deal with the hate?  The opposite of hate is love.  And what better way to show our love than to pray for those who have wronged us.  Prayer is the weapon of choice for those of us who realize that we are in a spiritual battle.  A battle for the souls of those who have turned away from God and His commandments.

Let’s all commit to praying for those who have lost their way.  Let’s pray for an end to abortion and all other sins running rampant in our society.  And let’s, while praying, ask God to take away satan’s power and end his reign of terror in the world.

Through prayer we will defeat the enemy.  Through prayer we will see an end to abortion and the other evils in our society.  Through prayer we will see an end to hate. And then because of prayer, we will all be able to say with certainty, “Hate has no home here.”

‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ‘ – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column: A Call to Clergy and Leaders to Boldness in Defending the Defenseless

“Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life.President Trump

Fr. George Rutler shared a message that should challenge every member of congress and the clergy to stand up unashamedly for the inherent values of those who believe in speaking the truth written on our hearts and in the Holy Word of God. This call to boldness is one that all who call themselves Christian must embrace, especially the sanctity of life inside and outside the womb.

At the start of October, life in Manhattan recovers from those late September weeks when the opening of the United Nations General Assembly ties up traffic, even blocking many streets, and takes over many hotels and clubs for expensive receptions—some of the costliest, it seems, being those of some of the poorest countries. With so many heads of state in town, battalions of Secret Service agents and bodyguards eye everyone with suspicion.

This year there was one bright spot, although largely ignored by much of the media. Representing the United States, our President gave what was perhaps the most forceful address that any of our Chief Executives have spoken there. Denouncing the United Nations’ scheme to promote abortion, first drafted in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the President said that:

“Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life. We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.”

 Such boldness must have shocked many diplomats present, like those in the 1942 film “I Married an Angel” who were aghast when Jeanette MacDonald, as a blessed angel, tells them the truth, upsetting their cocktail party. Our nation has never had an angel for president, and its Constitution in fact prevents that. But Abraham Lincoln invoked “the better angels of our nature” and confounded those who had dismissed him as an untutored vulgarian with ambiguous views on abolition. The first Christians in Jerusalem were suspicious of Paul’s conversion, and theologians like Tertullian and Justin, some years before Constantine, thought it impossible that any emperor would ever defend Christianity.

Ironically, there are highly placed prelates who have shied away from mentioning these matters in secular forums, hoping that subtlety might be more persuasive. Such naiveté, as in the instance of the Holy See’s diplomats cajoling Communist China by compromise, accomplishes little. In his United Nations speech, the President said: “The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty, made with the British and registered with the United Nations, in which China commits to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system, and democratic ways of life.” The Holy See has not commented on the popular demonstrations in Hong Kong, which may explain why the youths there struggling for freedom, and inspired by the heroic Cardinal Zen, are waving the Stars and Stripes and not the Vatican flag. 

“For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26).

Fr. George W. Rutler is pastor of  the Church of St. Michael in New York City.

God the Creator is the Foundation of Liberty

The sacredness and sanctity of all life, born and unborn, exists because God is the Creator.

By Sam Rohrer
Christian Post

As we celebrate Independence Day and the courage of our founders, we must ask: Independence from what to what? The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew, but most Americans sadly don’t. It’s time to reexamine the foundation of liberty and the source of rights that made America great. Liberty can’t be understood without the Bible, as civil freedom starts with understanding spiritual freedom.

John 8:32 says, “and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” Without experiencing this spiritual freedom from the power of sin that only faith in Christ can bring, no nation can ever experience lasting civil freedom. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia says it all; from Leviticus 25:10, Proclaim liberty—the liberty that comes from obeying God’s commands—throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants therefore.

Liberty, as identified in our Declaration, hinges on God and understanding Him. We are endowed by our Creator—independence and liberty start with spiritual freedom, which comes from God our Creator and is experienced personally as spiritual freedom in Christ. Recognizing God and God the Creator—the foundation of the Judeo-Christian worldview—is where liberty starts. This God is Supreme, the same Judge of the Universe appealed to in the Declaration of Independence. This God is Truth, Sovereign, pre-existent, greater than all people and governments.

In true civil freedom, God must first be acknowledged as Supreme and Source of all moral truth. Our founders recognized and started with this truth. The fact that we are endowed by our Creator is the core of America’s civil freedom. If we are created by God in His image, then He gave us the faculties to know and obey Him. If created, then we didn’t evolve nor are we mere accidents in time. We are human beings with value, purpose and the ability to enjoy God’s creation. Since created, then we are given the rights to life, liberty and the enjoyment of private property—rights from God to be protected by government, not rights from government to be manipulated and trampled.

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(The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.)