GUEST POST: The Shame of Abortion

GUEST POST Written By Rachel Kartechner

I have felt God show His love to me so many different times, but the biggest has been through His grace. Specifically, when I allowed God to come in and heal me of the pain and shame from having an abortion. Although it happened years and years ago, the journey of getting to the point of even allowing myself to confront my past brought on such agony. But I knew if I wanted to have a true walk with God, I needed to deal with it.

I will never forget the day I finally faced it. I was sitting at a friend’s dining room table and found myself confessing my sin out loud to two friends from my churches small group. I told them what I had done years earlier, and with tears streaming down my face, the shame came pouring out.

Both of my friends instantly responded by speaking words of grace, love and God’s forgiveness over me.

I went home, and later that night as I laid in my bed, I just cried out to God. In that moment, His presence came flooding over me with a warmth I can only describe as the coziest of blankets I have ever felt! Jesus’ love came and poured over me.

At that moment I knew I did not deserve this love or grace, but God’s love is bigger than ANY of our sins, and I chose to no longer accept shame and guilt but to embrace His love.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

God sent his Son, Jesus, to die for me, when I was at my lowest of lows. Experiencing God’s love through His grace has changed me forever. No sin is too great for God.

Rachel Kartechner


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