Saturday, 14 June 2014

Grief/Abortion/society


 

The connection between abortion and its after effects on men, women, and society has long been established, yet still the call is for more abortion, more sexual immorality and more death. 
The family is under severe attack from many fronts; however, the most insidious is the now legal and lethal assault on pre born children demanded by their own parents.   These are now the most vulnerable members of society, because in the womb they are unseen, unprotected, and those designed to protect and nurture them have become their judges and executioners. 
Past history tells us those societies where children were offered as sacrifice to the gods of their day have perished.  Perhaps our society with its technological advances has become the most primitive of all because our advanced knowledge has not been used to protect life but rather how to easily dispose of it.  The ensuing collective guilt has instilled a projected self-hate, provoking individuals and groups to inflict more death on many levels.   The crippling sense of guilt has led to flight via the medium of first denial and then ego satisfaction.

Ultimately what can be said about abortion and the family and society is that abortion deeply wounds the structure called family.  Just as the family of God is held together through the overflow of His  love  so the human family is meant to bind together man and woman by an overflow of their love shown clearly in the image of their child. Abortion is the antithesis of love and plunges the family and humanity into a new state of dehumanisation and de-civilisation.
To heal the family of disenfranchised grief and unacknowledged pain and free them for life must be a goal of all therapy and therapies.  Abortion kills love but an acknowledged and good therapeutic programme can restore love and equilibrium and wholeness and family. This needs to be the goal of the society of our times.
"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act" (G Orwell)

Monday, 2 June 2014

For the Children's Sake

Having just returned from Hobart in Tasmania where I attended Emily's Voice Conference I want to say how much heartened I am with those who work for life.
I attended as speaker but there were three other speakers (Paul O'Rourke, CEO of Emily's Voice, Bernadette Black CEO Brave Foundation and Gaye ounsellor)  whose passion for women, and preborn babies is as deep and enduring as mine.  I think as we continue to work together to form a cohort for the Lord  we will be able to see that a difference can be made.
Post abortion grief and trauma exists.  Today this really cannot be denied. Abuse of children exists. This also cannot be denied and a  huge drug culture which seems to have overcome our children also cannot be denied.
I am amazed that it seems that  those children who escaped abortion in the last twenty years are now being lost to the drug "ice." Satan indeed hates our children.
Paul O'Rourke has written a fabulous book called "Why Satan Hates our Children"   which can be purchased from www.emilysvoice.com  and is really worth buying because it's important to know and to be informed. It's pointless saying "we didnt know" because we do know and we need to battle for the children and our culture.  Not doing so means an outcome of a whole generation lost to a "war" on children and against children.
Thank you Paul for the invitation to speak at the conference. Thank you to those who gave hospitality and I plead with my readers please please get involved for the children's sake. 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

God is Love and Forgiveness at work.


Love and forgiveness attributes of God were created before all of creation itself.  Forgiveness is the Lord’s name, attribute and character and these attributes were created by the Father before eternity, time  and humanity.  The Father God knowing that  His creation of the human in His image and of His own desires and “choice” would at times fail to rise above the wrong “choice” and hence make a wrong choice and further repay evil with good, and so forgiveness would be required. If this was and is not so, then this would mean that there was and is a limitation on God and He would not have known that Adam and Eve would make wrong choice and so forgiveness like Wisdom were created before time.
Love also an attribute and characteristic of God and in the image of Yeshua connects every part of humanity’s being to every other. It is the superglue.  The soul, that spark of God, which makes the creature so like God, has a deep need and hunger for “love” its source, God.  It is attracted and yearns for  its very source its being and origin and yearns to return to the One from whom he is given life.
In pasturing of another   or in a spiritual setting the word “love” “unity” “forgiveness” and “acceptance” are essential if there is to be a recovery from wounds and a return to authentic “love. And it is  especially in forgiveness that love is seen most pronounced and obvious and which leads to the emergence of a renewed one because of the “choice” made not to repay pain with pain. Wound with wound.
A pastoral carer’s role is to enter into the struggles of another as it strives to feel, free,  see, recognize, love and work through the disrepair in its life and assist the other in the struggle for renewal or even for state of  repair, or as the Hebrew  person might say tikkun.
Acceptance with all its meanings and effects ensures true union of love, forgiveness and a reconnection.  Grace, another attribute and characteristic and gift of the divine and offered by Christ i then becomes the true acceptance.
In both the First Testament and second Testament scriptures is revealed a God of acceptance. A God who goes to great lengths to reach the broken and hurting creature. He enters into the pain and accepts it. He is a God who accepts what is offered to Him because God sees that the human is a part of Himself, willingly and lovingly created by him to be His representative amongst the created order.
Knowing how special, how greatly honoured we are held in His esteem and gaze, should permit and help us to know that He created us and loves us and is ready to forgive us and our earthling siblings. He so loves that He shows us that He is always on our side.  He never abandons. As long as we are alive then He will always be ready to pick us up. 
In God we see the greatest offer of friendship in the situation of brokenness and see a God wishing to come near the brokenness and not be ashamed or repulsed by it. Just to repair Tikkun,   because in the repairing then his creation will complete  the mission which He has given to it and in the carrying out of the mission  not only to grow, but to grow in  stature, wisdom, and truth, and  learn to grow in perfection, that is, to learn to choose to do good, to make “good choices” when an evil choice is much easier to make.
This is the work and honour of the human being only, because beasts and angels do not have this very important option but only the human has been entrusted with this and has this capacity.
To this end we succeed when we have failed and made wrong choices and have seen the consequences of the wrong choices and then turned this around and worked towards making right choices.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “ there is no righteous man in the whole world who continually does good and does not transgress” And yet even when “not good” is done there is the gift  and attribute of forgiveness a gift in the mind of God even before  Adam was created.
Our nature and humaneness belong to the order of goodness in the mind of God and were so before creation, because creation was declared “very good” and even after sin the creation was not destroyed but a promise of forgiveness was made for the future to come in the person of the Messiah and a new humanity. 
Different from the first one human (Adam created from the Adamah and Jesus both from the Adamah and divine) this new humanity, led by Yeshua enfleshes Love, Forgiveness and Grace, the characteristics of the Creator whose breath was infused into the creation because the Creator desired us to be just like Him. In His own image and likeness.
It was His “choice” and not His need for us to be and in the breathing into each human being His breath He also breathes into each individual an option for “choice” and permits us to “choose” to grow or journey into goodness. To develop divine manners and ways so that at the appointed time we do not find ourselves homeless in a strange land far from the creator Father because we have not made choices like Him.

He created us to be like Him and to make a “choice” for Life and on this journey as we make more and more “right” choices we become more and more like Him.  In His own image of one who  chose “life” even though He knew that “Life” would “choose” against Him. To this end He became “forgiveness” so that it was possible to offer this option when the need arose.

 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Jesus is Manacled before Pilate

The imagery this brings to mind is filled with pathos. The creator of the universe tied.  This image of God and Man having his hands tied and unable to do anything or defend himself without causing a violence to order.
A reflection of this is that Jesus accepts the situation. He stands there both as me and Him with both of us having our hands tied.
Why cant he do anything? because we have bitten of the tree of knowledge.  We have demanded "choice" and now in this freedom which He gives as part of our contract for being human He cannot intervene.
At times the human creature cries "why Lord?" why didnt you stop him/he" and to this question he shows His hands tied and He is rendered helpless.  We have chosen choice.

Monday, 21 April 2014

A Real Tragedy

In a real life horror story brought to our screen and news services on Easter Sunday, we were told of the murder of two innocent children (all that is known is that they were below the age of 10) by a male within the household and known to them.   What horror on a day that  should be one of glory.
And Yet...More and more we are hearing of innocence brutalised.  Innocence being the scapegoat of societal sins.  Yes sins... We have become afraid to use that word because it's not "cool" to use the word sin. But sin it is.  Lets call it what it is. It's violence against God and human life.
When I heard and listened stunned and in horror at that breaking news, I was reminded of the very recent murder of young Luke Batty in front of his mother and friends (by his father) of a little girl called Darcy Freeman (4 yrs old) tossed over a bridge (father) to her death, of the 3 Farquaharson children 10,7 and 2 yrs old (father) and other names written in our inglorious history.  Why? Why? Why so much violence against the most innocent and trusting and loving? Why? 
Have we become so desensitised that it has become possible not to feel?  That the first answer to a difficulty is murder of innocence?
And I have to say ...yes.
We have created a society where innocence is murdered legally...abortion.
We are heading towards a society where innocence (sick, elderly, incapacitated can be murdered legally ..euthanasia..Belgium legalised euthanasia of children Feb 14th, 2014).  We have slowly created a society that speaks of murder using sanitised language and then we wonder why atrocities happen.
Abortion up to full term is violence and murder and death  against a child and legal.
Euthanasia is violence against another child or adult and is making inroads and in places legal.
Why are we scandalised and horrified when a sense of rage is played visibly in our society as was the murder of the above mentioned children.  Only because these events have been brought to our screens and in our vision by the media and so we can see the horrors. Abortion and its brutalisation of the child serenely growing in its supposed safe place is hidden by the media.  This same media which will make much about these child murders will not bring to vision a dismembered child.  This apparently will disturb viewers and bring into question the "rightness" and "efficacy" and "right" which is abortion.  Will bring into question the lie told that what is growing in the womb is not a child but some unrecognizable bunch or clump of genetic product.
We have a violent society.  We have assisted this society to become violent because we have okayed violence beginning with the youngest to the eldest and those (like Hitler) not quite right.  We have said that only those of a certain size can be recognized and so the media brings to us to view on screen horrors which they deem newsworthy and not others which are deemed as "rights."
Indeed we have a violent society, one which we have created with our demands, laws, visuals, games and above all loss of God, inner peace, and knowledge of right and wrong.  We are reaping what we have sown.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

He is Risen Hallelujah

Dear friends and readers I wish for you and your loved ones a Happy and Holy Easter.

Love and hugs

Anne

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

R.I.P. Charlotte Dawson


Abortion Pain.

 
With great sadness in this past week we have heard of the death by suicide of the very beautiful Charlotte Dawson, a vivacious, stunningly beautiful former model and TV presenter. A very hurting young woman, whose very public acknowledgement of her fight with depression she was happy to share. 
However, when I heard the news and read and heard many words spoken about her life it, I suppose, her end came as no surprise.  I think mostly she died of a broken heart.  Really and truly a broken heart.
From what we know of her story Charlotte had adored her husband (divorced after about a year) and she never recovered from the sacrifice of the abortion she had in order not to have any impediment to her husbands dreams of winning gold medal at Olympics.  It was and is known that he took her to the abortion facility and left her there alone to undergo this experience. In her own words following the abortion she was never the same. 

How tragic that those who have promoted abortion, the taking to be killed one's own child,  do not make themselves available to  mothers who then go on to regret and grieve for their loss and at times grieve so much that life is not worth continuing, as in the case of Charlotte.

How tragic that the demands for more abortions, more and more liberalisation of of laws which might have protected both mother and child have been drowned out by those who do not have a real care for women.   This seems to say to me that voices of pain and  those who have wept and continue to weep behind closed doors over their decision, as in the case of Charlotte, are not the voices of those who have a death agenda.   It appears to me that the  voices unheard are those who have suffered grief, regret, shame, and who cannot reconcile their decision with their inner most being and what society says is "good" have been muted. 

The greatest tragedy is the reality that pro abortion advocates  refuse to recognise studies which clearly indicate that abortion is not a procedure which leaves the woman unscathed  but very much wounded (see Coleman Study 2011 enormous increase d risks in all psychological  behaviours, and two  recent Chinese studies 2012 and many studies linking abortion and breast cancer , depression, substances abuses, relationship difficulties).  It seems that the pro abortion groups are not particularly interested in the pain of women who hurt, so long as the killing of the children is made available and passed off as guilt free procedure. It is not.  Please listen its not.  Charlotte's battle with depression was public but thousands and thousands of others suffer the same but alone and many end up the same because  there is a longing for the lost one. The fruit of "my body." 

How tragic that the mental health of ALL women is not important including the mental health of those who suffer as a result of the procedure which promised them an easy way out of a difficult moment  only to discover the lifelong pain bought into  It appears to me, as a long term post abortion grief counsellor,  that there is little interest in hearing the voices of  women who suffer lifelong grief, depression,  regret, like me and  tens of thousands like me.  It seems that it is OUR voices which are not heard over the chaotic clamour made by the pro abortion lobby.
For Charlotte I believe she has never recovered from her loss and in the end it became easier not to be present to pain any more.
The media has tried very hard to pass off her death as a result of cyber bullying and perhaps this contributed further to her vulnerability, but in her own words, from the day of her abortion she knew what depression meant and years of depression weakens the being and the strength to keep going. 
Depresion is a crisis of meaning and for Charlotte the "meaning" for her ceased when she couldnt fulfil her mandate as a woman to be a Mum. 
Rest in peace dear lady.  I wish I could have helped you.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Old Testament the Experience of the Sacred


 

The symbolic language which surrounds and permeates religious experience or the “sacred” has evolved with the need for humans to bring into an understanding a sense of need to know the unknowable.

The word “God” or “gods” is used when human beings wish to place a limit onto language.

Beyond “God” one cannot go! Beyond Him or experience or expression there is no or cannot ever be symphonies of anything.

Human beings with a propensity for curiosity cannot perceive of a time when “God” did not exist.  The universe exists, so God exists. He is after all the Alpha and Omega (Rev22:14) Indeed simply to speak about God must suggest that a prior knowledge of a “something” called “God” must be assumed. A prior knowledge of the word and it connotation must be understood; otherwise the word “God” would not make sense.

In our language, “God” transcends limits Transcends the normal and the sensory.  This of course is not an attempt to try and reduce “God” to the human level but an attempt to express within our capabilities as “someone” “something” or “some dimension” that cannot and should not be contained.

Sadly because of our desire to know what lies beyond the parameters of thought and and cognition, God permits Himself to be limited by us and in order to do so we need to implement the tools of language in order to express Him and explain Him and even so we are confounded.

We use the word “God” or “gods” when we want to express the inexpressible, fill the unfillable and contemplate the mysterious and beyond. Indeed when it comes to expression of the word “God” or ‘gods” all words, adjectives, coloratura fade away. To continue to try and describe or explain “God” leads to a feeling of awesome-ness as feeling of being awestruck.  Why one is also awestruck is also impossible explain because it is again an attempt at finiteness reaching into the infinite. Frustration must be the outcome because of the necessity we must use the language of the world, our world, and most often a minute section of our world, in order to express this notion as “God”   Our sensory organs, more often than not, cannot assist in the things of the unseen

The language of the sacred speaks to humans about the mysteries of life and death, happiness, sad ness, joy and sorrow and attempts in its limited capacity to make some sort of sense of the human condition.  Religious language is a language which is full of symbolism myths, stories, miracles, totems and fantasies.  It has created around itself an aura of mystery. It continues to speak of what is already being identified with the unidentifiable.  It continues to speak about what is already known about the “sacred” and trail blazes and continues to make further inroads into possible new areas and new expressions of the numinous (Otto, 1917, The Idea of the Holy).

The God of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. The God of the Jewish Christian religion is a God who is great. A God whose love and Mercy encompass the whole creation and universe. There is no God like Him.

The Jewish people who first proclaimed His greatness have enshrined their belief in  The Shemah Israel  (Dt 6:4-5) with this affirmation their belief in a monotheistic deity (One God) is proclaimed. There is one God and He is all Holy.

 

 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014





Dear Friends,
I wish for you a Happy and Holy New Year. I wish for you joy, happiness, love, compassion, passion. I wish for you  a life filled with good things and those things not so good, that they may be manageable.  I wish for you peace and above all I wish for you a year filled with moments of ecstasy.
Please forgive my recent silence it's been because of busy ness but I haven't forgotten you.  I have just finished second book and this has taken some of my time together with the normal work of counselling and promoting of Redeeming Grief, Abortion and its Pain. So its been busy.
To all those who have supported and loved me this year..thank you.  Those who have not bless you.
Let's together hope for  a 2014 which is memorable for all the right and good reasons.
Anne

Monday, 18 November 2013

March for Women October 20th 2013, Victoria Australia


 

 Dear friends, eight days following the March for the Babies, another march was held in Melbourne in the suburb of Brunswick and this march was held in memory of a young woman Jill Meagher who was murdered in September 2012 and a now global movement called “Reclaim the Night.”

 This march to reclaim the streets and make it safe for women to walk day and night without fear of assault and even murder as with Jill Meagher and other victims. Again the number of marchers was about 3000 with marchers carrying signs and shouting “no violence” “five, six, seven, eight, end the violence end the hate” was the chant! And I need to ask where these chanters were the previous week? Or were they same ones who hurled abuse at the pro lifers who were also marching for the safety of babies and women. Where were these protestors who are demanding that they have a right to walk on the street without being attacked and of course rightly so?

“We have a right to go out at night and feel safe” said one young lady being interviewed.  What about an infant in the womb and his/her right to feel safe?  What about the marchers for the babies and their right to feel safe from being abused and harassed by the rent a crowd?  There is that word “right” again but it’s a pity that this “right” is only for a select crowd and not for everyone.
 What is the difference between this march and the march for the babies? Dear friends the difference is visibility.  Jill Meagher and other young victims are

visible, known, and media heightened whereas the infant in the womb is invisible and is dependent on own mother and father to want or not want it.  The infant is also beautiful. Is also being killed. Is also vulnerable but the media and the rabble have no
respect for the newly created life and so it is up for being killed because “womyn’s rights” say that “womyn” can choose to take their child to die without being disturbed. These “womyn” do not see the “violence and the hate” underpinning abortion.
 
For the infants in the womb there is no “five, six, seven eight, end the violence end the hate”
The March for the babies clearly showed that violence and hate are alive and well in Melbourne, the “world’s most liveable city” especially when it comes to violence and hatred of in utero babies and those who would march to defend their right to be born and to enjoy their own life. 
A anti violence advocate, during the march to reclaim the streets, said in interview that violence against women occurred all the time at the hands of violent men. Indeed!
However, violence against in utero babies happens 50,000,000 times a year globally and over 100,000 in Australia yearly and unless we as a society understand the underlying violence which makes up our society beginning with violence against the smallest and frailest, and this violence demanded by its own parents, then the violence that occurs to other women and men and youth in the streets, in homes, in schools, in playgrounds, in cyberspace, should not come as a surprise. 
 
Violence permeates all our modern society because if it becomes permissible to kill the smallest of innocents with impunity, the frail, the disabled, then the only differences are of size, visibility and perhaps of physical appearance (beauty), then the streets will not become safe no matter how many chants. 
 
The streets will become safe when we as a society begin to honour and respect all life.  Until then no amount of chanting “five, six, seven eight, end the violence, end the hate” will not end the violence or the hate because to have killed an in utero child is to commit violence and have hate for life as the reason.