by Sr. Natalie Sayde Salameh, MSCL
We laugh as we see a baby tickled,
watching it twist, move and giggle.
Children bring us so much joy,
just watching them play with their favorite toy.
We beam with delight at the laugh of a baby,
we cradle a baby girl and call her ‘little lady’.
We welcome a bundle of joy born anew,
but somewhere in this world something has gone askew.
Now a baby has to fight for its life in the womb,
what should be the safest place has become a potential tomb.
What of the awesome mystery do we not understand?
10 fingers and toes, a beating heart, two legs on which to stand.
Thousands clapped in New York over a wicked right to kill,
an innocent, unborn child! Who would that thrill?
What have we come to? A sad day has come to pass,
when a mother can abort her baby and discard it like a piece of glass.
Will she know that a part of her will never be the same after that day,
she will always wonder how the baby would look and what it would say.
Will she know that she will regret the decision for the rest of her life,
and be torn from within by guilt, shame and strife.
But will she also know that she need not carry the burden of her guilt alone,
That there is Someone there for her who hears her cries and groans.
He comes to restore her in His image and likeness,
to show her mercy and remove her darkness.
He longs to draw her close and tell her, ‘I love you’,
‘I do not condemn you, I know what you are going through’.
‘My love will heal your pain and your empty womb’,
‘I will bring you new life and lift you from your gloom’.
‘I took the burden of your pain and nailed it to the Cross’,
‘I saw you from Golgotha and felt the pain of your loss’.
‘Death has no victory now, and no longer a sting’,
‘My death has conquered all, including all your sins’.
‘Break your silence now, dear mother, and do not be afraid’,
‘In My love, all will be new, all will be remade’.
For those seeking help after an abortion, please refer to these resources:
Project Rachel – www.hopeafterabortion.org
Rachel’s Vineyard – www.rachelsvineyard.org
Hope Alive – www.messengers2.com
Ramah International – www.ramahinternational.org
Healing Hearts – www.web-light.com/heart
P.A.C.E (Post Abortion Counseling and Education) – 800/395-HELP