Grateful for a place to grieve abortion loss

Cradle My Heart Today | Wendy’s Story 11-22-17

The National Memorial for the Unborn is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Listen now:

In her book Empty Arms, Wendy Williams tells the story:

Built in 1993, the lot had housed an abortion business.

After many years of prayers and protests the clinic was closed. A pro-life coaltion replaced it with a pregnancy center and the memorial, which is similar to the Vietnam Wall.

Fifty feet long, made of black marble, the wall is covered with small, brass plates bearing names of aborted babies. Dates, Scripture verses, and personal messages placed there honor the memory of those who died.

Every week, many people visit from as far as Alaska and Canada. They leave toys, notes, flowers, and letters to remember their babies. Memorial services are held for parents who come to place their plaques.

Wendy says, “Healing is possible through claiming one’s child, naming one’s child, and honoring one’s child.”

God’s mercy extends even to those whose grief is in some measure self-inflicted. As we honor the children destroyed by abortion God lifts us from the sorrow and pain.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31: 9, 14-15, 24)

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