Friday, May 6, 2011
Jesus, What Have I Done?
These words were spoke by former Aerosmith star, Steven Tyler. We often hear the tragic stories of the fall of celebrities through addictions, immoral behavior, etc., but those things are often (not always) the effects of a much deeper cause. For many, these are self-medicating remedies used to deaden the pain caused by abortion. Such is the case for Steven Tyler.
Kevin Burke, co~founder with his wife, Dr. Theresa Burke, of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, has written an article for National Review Online titled Post~Abortion Trauma. He cites some of Steven Tyler's experiences in trying to deal with an abortion he consented to for his young girlfriend in 1975.
Kevin Burke has done much to bring to light the pain men who have experienced abortion feel and how they feel it. Abortion has, for a long time, been thought of as a "women's issue". Kevin's books and hands on work in post abortion healing proves that this not just a women's issue. Men, celebrity or not, who give their witness of what this sin does also proves that abortion is not gender specific.
My own work in Rachel's Vineyard has given me the privilege of being an eyewitness to the healing of many men who have had the courage to come for healing. I always tell them that they are my heroes because seeing their courage and sorrow for what they have done helps me in my own healing.
You can read Kevin's article about Steven Tyler by clicking the link on its title above. For more on Kevin and Dr. Theresa Burke's books and work in post~abortion healing visit the Rachel's Vineyard website.
And always let us pray for an end to abortion and for the healing of those who have suffered its effects.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.