"Those who stood the vigil mid-day were particularly impacted," said Bob, the local coordinator, "as heavy rains overflowed the gutters along South Lime Street and passing cars splashed the three volunteers who prayed as they struggled to control their umbrellas in the gusty winds."
Thankfully, by the time I arrived on the sidewalk outside the abortion center, the rain stopped and the sky began to clear.
While we were there, Libby spoke to a woman who was on her way into Planned Parenthood.
The woman was told she needed an abortion because she was paralyzed from the waist down. Libby has a medical background and said it wasn't true; the birth would actually be less painful due to the paralysis. She made an admirable effort, but it did not succeed.
One of the residents only became aware of the clinic through the 40 Days for Life effort. She is now a dedicated prayer participant and even lets the local team store vigil supplies at her home. This campaign has seen a lot of support from the community, with many encouraging horn honks and positive gestures.
Falls Church, Virginia
Thanks again to Steve Karlen for sharing his stories from the road!
Here's today's devotional from Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.
Day 25 intention
We pray for the conversion of all those who refuse to acknowledge that human life belongs only to God.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
-- Jeremiah 1:4-5
Reflection by Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh
To be or not to be? There is no question!
The question of "being" is something philosophers have long pondered.
What is the meaning of being and what is the source? In the passage before us, we have our answer. We have being because we are known by God.
For God to declare that he knows and sets apart the prophet Jeremiah even before he is conceived indicates that our being rests in God's own being. Because He is and because He wills we, therefore, are and do.
The Apostle Paul says as much when he declares before the philosophers of his day, "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
One of the tragedies of the abortion culture is that life in the womb has been so heartbreakingly devalued. To embrace the arguments of the "pro-choice" crowd one must conclude that the child in the womb doesn't exist, isn't there, has no being.
But nothing could be further from the truth. That child is known by God and, as such, has being.
Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being. Because You are, we are. May we find grace from You to affirm the being of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world around us. Amen.
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