Here are a few instances in which 40 Days for Life volunteers are responding to protesters ... with grace and love.
There's a fairly regular protester in Columbia. She arrived right at the start of the 5 pm event and started to make phone calls.
"Very quickly," said Kathy in Columbia, "Planned Parenthood workers were sent out with signs to stand in a place across the driveway from us."
As soon as the hour ended, the Planned Parenthood protesters left the sidewalk and gathered for their group picture. And then they left.
The 40 Days for Life event that was going on at the same time was a totally different story. "I've got to tell you," Kathy said, "having the young people on the sidewalk was one of the best parts of the rally. The sight of all of our dear friends ... was something I will always cherish.”
Halifax, Nova Scotia
"Thankfully, the protesters were civil and polite," said Julie, the 40 Days for Life leader in Halifax, "and the police cooperated by coming to survey the scene as things were getting underway. The protesters stayed for about four hours, and each hour we had more people praying than there were protesters."
The 40 Days for Life vigil continued with prayer for the babies ... the mothers ... and yes, the protesters. "God can change hearts," Julie said, "even of the most hardened protester."
The protesters shouted at the teens who were praying outside the abortion center during a Dallas campaign youth day event. But Lauren said group leaders were able to use the distraction as a teaching moment.
"In addition, several of our folks went to talk to the protesters," she said, "and I really pray they were able to plant some seeds."
Here's today's devotional from Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life.
Day 36 intention
Reflection by Dr. James I. Lamb
Shine Jesus, shine in us and through us into the darkness and upon those struggling in the darkness that they might be drawn to the Light of Life. Amen.
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