From Rachel's Vineyard's co-founder Kevin Burke: Given the current abortion statistics (55 million since 1973), millions of men have been involved in some way in an abortion decision and procedure. Regardless of one’s moral and political position on abortion, the reality is that many men experience their participation in abortion as a confusing and highly stressful experience.

Pope Francis said, "God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones." This Father's Day, if you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, please come, or encourage your loved one to come, to our next retreat to experience the compassionate mercy of Jesus Christ. Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities' retreats are open to anyone impacted by abortion - men, women, grandparents, siblings, and health care professionals. The next retreat is August 5-7, 2016 in the Twin Cities area. For more information contact Nancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 763-250-9313, or see

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Lord of all Life

You have entrusted us to the care of one another,

And called us to be one body in Christ.

You call us to rejoice with those who rejoice,

And to weep with those who weep.

Lord, you have compared the love you have for us

To the love a parent has for his or her own child. Hear our prayer today.

For all mothers and fathers who have lost children to abortion,

Help us to understand the pain that is in their hearts,

And to be a living sign to them

Of your welcome, your mercy, and your healing.

Help them to undergo with courage

The process of grief and the journey of healing.

Never allow them to feel alone;

Always refresh them with the presence of Your Spirit

And of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Console them with the sure hope

That you love and care for their children.

Give them new strength,

That even while they grieve what they have lost,

They may look forward to all the good 

That you still have in store for them.

Lord of healing and hope,

Give us all the forgiveness of our sins,

And the joy of your salvation.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.