She says: Be the church for that young single pregnant woman

Cradle My Heart Today | Lauren’s story 11-6-17

A young birthmother named Lauren is transforming church culture through her witness. Listen now:

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach told Peace magazine Lauren’s story of choosing open adoption after an unplanned pregnancy.

But Lauren says, “My parents fielded a flood of inappropriate questions from the ‘good church people.’

  • “How could you allow your daughter to give away your own flesh and blood?”
  • “Don’t you love your grandchild?”
  • “If your daughter didn’t want her baby, why didn’t she just get an abortion?” (Yes, from the church!)

Lauren suggests we learn to offer support, empathy, and love to both the birthmothers and the grandparents.

Are we as Christians who oppose abortion willing to go the extra mile to prevent one in our midst?

Marriage is God’s plan for families. Yet, God doesn’t distance himself from our problems, even those resulting from a sinful choice. Do we, likewise lean in? Or do we shun and shame single mothers, and judge those who choose adoption?

Most teen birthmothers who choose open adoption are choosing to give their children the blessing of a father and mother in a stable family home in a sacrifice for the child’s ultimate benefit.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Even when a young woman has sinned to bring about an unwed pregnancy, we are called to love her with a Christlike love, giving acceptance, care, and support.

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Kim Ketola



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