Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
40 Days For Life: DAY 5: Message to "the sign people"
Dear Deacon John,
one item today - but a powerful one. Here's a letter that a young woman
left at a 40 Days for Life vigil site - simply addressed "to the sign
If this doesn't show the importance of your peaceful witness outside the abortion centers ... I don't know what does!
To the sign people
My friend had left me the use of her apartment as she was away ... perfect because it was right where the clinic was!
The next day, I saw you people lining up with signs ... I watched from
the window every day and all day you were there! Different folks each
I had this idea in my head that abortion picketers were extremists ...
no "normal" person would do that sort of thing. Yet you did not look
extreme ... more ordinary.
was my pre-procedure appointment. Used the wrong entrance and had to
walk past you. So what, I thought. Who cares? They don’t know me or
where I am going. As I walked past (hurriedly!), my legs felt like they
weighed a ton. What was going on? Are these people intimidating me? Do I
need to feel ashamed as I walk past? The receptionist told me to
"ignore them" when I asked about you.
Every day I watched you. One day I thought for sure no one would be
there. Weather forecast was calling for severe winds and rain. There in
the afternoon, amid strong winds which were blowing the signs over the
head and onto the grass, you stood. Three or four together. All day!
The next day I took a walk and followed you in the direction where
everyone seemed to go. It was a church. After everyone left, I went
inside and saw all the signs, flyer. Impressive set-up, I thought. They
seem organized in their purpose!
was my scheduled appointment for my procedure. I was suddenly terrified
of what was to be. My heart was almost beating out of my chest.
My boyfriend, who had promised to come the day before, did not show up
to take me. Said he was tied up and that ultimately it was my choice to
have it that day or wait til next week. My choice. But he’s not there to
hold my hand! Lots of weighing pros and cons.
Anyhow, I want to let you know that I decided to keep my baby. The
boyfriend is still a distance away but maybe he needs time to come
around and see the big picture.
The reason I decided to leave you this note is to tell you that what
you did was good. I felt I owed it to you for all the days you stood
there in hope that others would take notice. I noticed - and in turn it
gave me hope that others I know would also care to "stand for me."
It's a crazy world we live in ... but some seem to know how to see the good in it.
Here's today's devotional from Rev. Ben Sheldon, president emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-Life...
Day 5 intention
May the truth of the final judgment shape our thoughts, priorities, and choices here on earth.
The King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did
it to me."
-- Matthew 25:31-46
Reflection by Rev. Ben Sheldon
Caring for others is not optional.
Jesus' picture of the final judgment concludes with this sobering word:
the wicked, who failed to care for others in their various needs (e.g.,
the hungry, the thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick, the
imprisoned) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous
who did seek to meet those needs will end up with him, enjoying eternal
We know that this was no parable! Jesus has given us fair warning!
Everything in God's Word points to the truth that compassionate concern
and practical care for all people, especially for the poor, the
destitute, the weak and needy is required of us, if indeed we hope to
escape the punishment of the fire of hell.
And who are the poor and needy, if not helpless, unborn babies, as well
as the aged and infirm at the other end of life? Surely the "least of
these" embraces not only those at both ends of the continuum of life,
but all others in between.
Just how we, as Christ's true followers, respond to his admonition
"inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me" will
determine whether we enjoy eternal bliss in his presence or the bleak
and dreadful reality of eternal punishment in hell. Nothing in God's
Word could be clearer!
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your Word that counsels
us to care for the least of your children, and we renew our dedication
to defending the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised by
our godless society's selfish lack of concern. Free us from our own
failures and sins so that we will be truly pro-life in every area of our
lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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