By Erin Jobes
Healing after abortion is possible, and author JC Beichner gives hope to those affected by abortion in her award-winning book titled Grace In Progress: Prayers for the Beautifully Broken.
Finding herself pregnant at 19, JC didn't know where to turn. After receiving a recommendation from a co-worker on a way to "undo [her] problem," JC drove herself to an abortion clinic and had the procedure without anesthesia. Long after the physical pain subsided, she knew her life would never be the same again.
"I knew it was a baby. I knew what I was considering was wrong, but I refused to acknowledge it."
Like many women, JC Beichner carried the pain of losing her child for years, burying her grief until she found healing and inspiration through the Catholic Church. She was inspired to finally confide in her mother, only to learn she too had a crisis pregnancy yet with a very different outcome. JC has since forgiven herself for her past and has dedicated herself to being a passionate advocate for the preborn.
Her story is similar to many women who have abortions, and JC's motive with this book is to provide a place of healing from the pains of our pasts, not just for post abortive women but for all of us.
"We are called in our baptism to love like Him, forgive like Him, be like Him. We are called to love every life, not just the babies and the unborn, but the seniors, the homeless, our neighbors and the poor in spirit."
A prayer excerpt from her book:
"The weight of my grief is greater than I can bear. Please fill me with the promise of your salvation so I may release this sadness into your hands and dance again in the glory of brighter days deeply blessed. Days that fed my soul and reminded me to whom my life belongs. Help me remember that you are my hope, the holy longing that sustains me in my hunger for one more day and chases the doubt back into the darkness. Bring me, Lord, into my searing pain so that I may recognize sorrow and choose to revel in the victory of your sacred joy and righteousness, unfettered by disease or loss."
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