Last week I shared a poem called, A Mother’s Lament. Recent events in New York caused me to return to those words, which I wrote several years ago as I reflected on the child I lost to abortion as a teenager.
This week, I want to share with you the counterpart to that poem, A Mother’s Hope. Unlike the lament, this poem expresses the grief from a post-Cross perspective and therefore ends with a precious hope. I include this poem at the closing of my Bible study, Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion.
A Mother’s Hope by Shadia Hrichi
Ungodly judges give birth to lies,
with a pounded gavel, babes have no name;
with the stroke of a pen, children are banished to the grave.
In every city the godless plot evil;
on every corner they set their traps—
lurking in darkness for the daughters of men.
They offer sacrifices to the god of mammon—
for an ounce of silver, innocent are slain,
a pound, a generation is forgotten.
Though her mother forsake her,
and the world has no room for her;
Your arms receive her, and You call her daughter.
Within my heart a silent echo beats,
whispers taunt my soul;
but my soul cannot hear,
my heart cannot perceive
what lays captive in the darkness.
I cannot bear the deafening silence! Tell me! Who is there?
Can a mother mourn for the forgotten?
Can a memorial carve a place for the nameless?
Then You opened my eyes to understanding—
you have not abandoned her to the grave;
You heard my cry and answered me,
“Give your child a name.”
Before You formed her in the womb,
angels announced her arrival;
When Your heart conceived her,
heaven burst into song: “Worthy of Love!”
My Lord, my Redeemer!
With pounded nails, You deliver me from the grave;
by Your blood, my transgression is blotted out;
you rise, and call me daughter.
Four things I do not understand—
five are too wonderful for me:
You have taught my soul a lullaby,
and filled my arms with laughter;
my tears have become a song,
and my silence a beautiful voice—
You have turned my secret into a stage.
I will praise Your Name to the congregation!
To the nations I will lift my voice!
May all the peoples of the earth glorify Your Name!
We Have the Words of Life
One day, dear friend, our Lord Jesus Christ will return and be rightfully crowned as King where He will rule with righteousness and justice. Until then, we serve Him as His ambassadors in a dark and depraved world. Let us not back down from our task. Share the Good News, be a voice of hope and truth in a lost world. The world is dying, but we have been given the words of LIFE!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)We have the words of life! Let us proclaim the excellencies of Him who calls us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Click To Tweet
If you or someone you love has endured the heartache of abortion, Worthy of Love is a 8-lesson story-driven bible study for post abortion healing that has helped countless of women. Visit the Worthy of Love page to download a free sample, find an online group, order copies, watch the promo video, or find resources (including Leader’s Guide) to start a group. We all know someone who needs hope.