I didn’t write yesterday. I couldn’t. It wasn’t a day for writing. It was a day for processing all that I saw and heard at a United Nations conference the day before. The first session that I attended was conducted by a panel of eight women and one man who were conceived in rape, and in one case, incest. These were the very people whose conception is held out as the ultimate justification for legalized abortion. Executing the child for the father’s crime.
There are those moments in life when another person allows us into the inner-sanctum of their being, that sacred ground where the reality of soul and eternity become the very substance of the encounter. Yesterday was such a day for me. I’ve met plenty of young women conceived in rape and incest in my seven years on staff at Covenant House. I know all too well the shame and worthlessness, the self-destructiveness that comes to many who live with the unresolved struggle of identity. Yesterday was different. Yesterday was Easter; the resurrection, the glorified bodies, the light of love shining in the filth and blackness that has become the United Nations, which promotes abortion on a scale that simply beggars the imagination.
Yesterday Lent simply vanished. Yesterday I was treated to death being swallowed up in victory.
First up was Juda Myers, who challenged the attendees. “Look around. You can’t tell who was conceived with wine and roses and who was conceived on a street corner.” Juda shared her testimony, (on her site in the link in her name above). She made a great point when she observed that we save generations by saving one life.
Rebecca Kiessling is perhaps the most widely known of all the presenters whose stories are all listed on her site. Click on her name above. Rebecca said what so many others said in so many ways when she stated, “My mother’s rapist is not my Creator. God is my Father.”
Click here to watch Rebecca’s story. It’s worth the entire 9:59:
Read the stories at Rebecca’s site. Watch the videos. This woman and her cohort are demolishing the argument over rape and incest. When you go to Rebecca’s site, be sure to read Liz’s story. After the meeting yesterday, Liz ( a young college student) told me that the only thing worse than the rape she endured would have been an abortion. She admitted that her pregnancy was a psychological hell, but that her baby changed all of that. Encountering him in the open adoption that she has with his adoptive parents, this tiny child has been her healing and salvation. “He was soooo worth it,” she cooed over and over, emphasizing ‘so’ each time.
Tony Kiessling (no relation to Rebecca), a fellow scientist, an Organic Chemist (They’re gods to me), said it all when he quoted Romans 8, “ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord.”
More in the weeks to come.