We are headed into the final week of the Lenten season and something has struck me consistently lately: God’s mercy is never-ending. Lent is a time to reflect on God’s mercy and love for us. We hear it time and again in spiritual reflections throughout this season. Christ died for us and for our sins, and Lent provides an essential reminder of how much we need Him. Seriously, God’s mercy is never-ending. There is no sin too great for His perfect love and goodness. But before He sacrificed himself for us, Christ showed us what it meant to be forgiven.
Our pregnancy resource centers are Christ to those who need it so very much. In seemingly impossible times, those served by pregnancy resource centers are welcomed with open arms to simply be heard and be helped. We consistently hear stories of women and their families considering abortion because it is not the right time, they do not feel supported in having this child, they cannot possibly raise the child, or they do not want people to know they are pregnant.
Our pregnancy resource centers empower these women by spending time with them, learning about their situations, and helping them rise above the issues leading them to believe abortion is the only possible solution for them. If you have ever walked into their doors, you know their first goal is to be a warm, inviting, judgement-free place for their clients.
These centers walk with those in crisis pregnancies as well as those who have been harmed by abortion. Many attend post-abortion counseling and grief classes, where they come to know the healing power of God’s love and use their stories to bring others to the truth.
What better example is there of God’s mercy and the active choice to help others in crisis versus judging them? Or even worse, letting them travel down a path of destruction, again and again?
How can we apply this to our own lives; how can we be Christ for others? We hear in Luke 6:36-37 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” He brought us the message that we are all sinners and we are all in need of His salvation. Cast the first stone, He says, if you are not a sinner.
But how many of us cast the first stone, automatically, and judge another for the way they look or live? We are the body of Christ, and the more we set aside judgement and actively search for ways to empower others, the healthier the body will be.
I pray that each of us can take this week before Easter to reflect on who in our own life needs to be reminded of God’s mercy! His never-ending, ridiculous grace!
We are fully aware of the need to support pregnancy resource centers in rebuilding a culture of life. Our missionaries are connecting with their centers right now, learning about their life-affirming work, and how we can best advocate for them. I am thankful that we at Biking for Babies get to be a part of bringing people closer to God, to know His never-ending love and mercy. Help us build the culture of life by putting down your stone.
We have great news! We are 75% of the way to funding our Sustainability Campaign. Praise God for your giving and dedication to helping Biking for Babies continue to impact the pro-life movement. We are so grateful for the level of support we have seen. But there is still work to be done! Is there someone in your life who would like to know more about the Sustainability Campaign? Click here to learn about it – http://www.bikingforbabies.com/sustainability
Reach out to our Executive Director, Nikki, with questions, comments or to give a gift – firstname.lastname@example.org