Neither Death, Nor Life

I believe. 

I believe in a God whose grace knows no bounds. That He Fathers a Family intended to be known by their Love. I believe nothing can separate me from that Love, that Father, or that Family. That even demons can’t separate me from that Love. Nothing in my past, and nothing in my future. No height nor depth.  

Neither death. nor life. 
Neither death, nor life. 

Every American I know is thinking about how we define life. These words overflow from our minds and our lips. We analyze the creation of life, who has the power to take it, and who has the right to protect it. We fight for life— we vote, we advocate, we cry out. And praise the Lord for life, the creation and the sustaining of it! I believe in a God whose grace knowns no bounds and that’s clear by His creation. 

But when I listen, I hear something else. I hear feelings of anger, and I sense a deep fear. I hear concern that the value of life is not shared by all. And I believe these feelings are sincere—but it’s hard to hear the genuine concern and fear among words like gross, horrific, and disgusting. 

I believe in a God whose grace know no bounds.
 I also believe in an enemy who will stop at nothing to prove that I am not in that Loving Family. That will use any good or bad thing to teach me that I am worth nothing, completely unloveable, and could not possibly be washed in the Grace of Jesus. 

I think of myself. My own story. My own gross, horrific and disgusting choices. And yet what I know is that I am loved by a grace that can’t be taken from me by anything! No past, no future. 

By neither death nor life. 
Neither death, nor life.

But when I look around I wonder… Would my Family in Christ continue loving me if they knew about my depths? About the demons at work in my life? About my past, and about my future? Would they remember that we are known by our Love? Or would they decide I’m gross and horrific. Would they decide I’m a them or would they still let me be an us

I am not pro-abortion, and that’s not a path I’ve had to walk. But I know I am no better than any choice made by any other. I am nothing without Jesus. I believe in a God whose grace knows no bounds.  All I have is Grace, and a love that can’t be taken away from me by anything. 

By Neither death, nor life. 
Neither death, nor life. 

In our messages of life can we not also remember the heart of the person reading and listening to our words of gross and disgusting? Can we not remember that we are to be marked by Love? That we are to fight to share Love and Grace no matter what. Just as I was given grace. Just as you were given grace. Please, keep advocating. Keep voting and keep speaking out. And then remember. Remember that gross people like me, and gross people like you are reading and watching and listening and looking for any sign of that family known by their Love. 

I believe in a God whose grace knows no bounds.
That He Fathers a family intended to be known by their Love.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

John 13:35 
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

7 thoughts on “Neither Death, Nor Life

  1. Thank you so much for saying this. These are exactly the words I wish I were hearing from more Christians. For all of the women I know who have had to walk this difficult path, thank you so much for recognizing that the way we talk about it matters. Love you and respect you so much!

    Ginny Early

    owner + designer Enemies of the Average, LLC 770-990-0691 website instagram

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  2. Wow, fantastic words. Thank you for sharing that. To one who isn’t currently “in” the abortion conversation, this is still so real and honestly empowering. I am often too scared, too afraid of being wrong, to engage in these conversations. But this perspective, this love focus, can’t be wrong. It is the right way to engage. Thank you! I love how you share and am deeply grateful.

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