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Ignite a Spark of Hope

By Josephine Balsamo

[Project Rachel is a ministry of healing and hope for post-abortive parents. The next day of Prayer and Healing will take place on July 27th. For more information, visit the Project Rachel website.]

"You are not judged on the height you have risen but from the depth which you have climbed." ~Frederick Douglass, 1881~

This quote brought to mind the many people who have called us for help. They are wounded and they are in pain. Many believe they are beyond the mercy of God and are not worthy of anything good in their lives - after all, they think they deserve this misery.

But here's what happens when they finally have the courage to pick up the phone and call: they are met exactly where they are - much like Jesus' response to the many people he encountered illustrated in the Gospels, such as the woman with the hemorrhage. Similarly those who call the post-abortion helpline are met with unconditional love, and perhaps for the first time, they are able to articulate some of the unspeakable trauma they have suffered because of their past mistakes.

What a life changing moment it is when they feel the love and acceptance of Christ and dare to let a spark of hope ignite within their souls.

This is the gift that each of us can share with them - hope in the mercy of God and his power to heal. Each of you working to bring others to the love of God makes it possible for them to see the love of God through you. In turn, they instinctively recognize that love and realize that they want some of what they see reflected in you. And this is the beginning of the long journey home.

Someone once told me that the road to heaven is simply one long line of people who have found the way reaching back and taking the hand of someone else searching for the way. I think this is how we get to heaven - reaching back for one another, one soul at a time. You may never know this side of heaven how many souls you have touched, but I am quite sure that once you get there, you will be amazed.

Thank you for your support and for sharing the precious gift of yourselves and your faith with others. You are making a difference in their lives - both earthly and eternal.

"We are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other; if we are to succeed." ~Frederick Douglas, 1847~

This article has been reprinted here by permission of the author after original publication at Encourage and Teach, published by the Diocese of Arlington.

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