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.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 9: Leaving for an ultrasound
Dear Deacon John,
It’s cold in many 40
Days for Life locations during this second week of the campaign! But
that’s not stopping the prayers outside one really cold Planned Parenthood center.
Before I share that story, here is a beautiful report about a saved baby that shows the power of prayer on the sidewalks … and the value of easily available ultrasounds offered by pro-life pregnancy centers.
Baltimore / Fullerton, Maryland
The third 40 Days for
Life campaign is now under way outside Whole Women’s Health in
Baltimore’s Fullerton section. Jody, the local director, wrote to say
she was excited to share magnificent news.
“A baby’s life was saved,” she said, “thanks to the faithful, prayerful presence on the sidewalk!”
A young woman and her
friend had arrived at the abortion center — and walked past the people
quietly praying on the sidewalk. After a while, the two women came out
to talk. The one who was thinking about abortion said the atmosphere inside the building was cold.
Her friend pointed to the life-affirming signs the volunteers were carrying and noted, “You can’t ignore that.”
With that, the two women left — on their way to a pro-life pregnancy center for an ultrasound exam. “I know that you are praising God with us right now,” Jody said.
Spring Valley, New York
“What joy there is in freezing for life!” Those words came from Eileen in Spring Valley, who added that “prayer power is surrounding Planned Parenthood.”
Temperatures were in
the single digits as Spring Valley started its twelfth campaign, but
prayer vigil participants were able to “stand tall knowing the truth: life is precious and each one of us is called to defend and protect the most innocent among us.”
The volunteers were warmed by God’s promise of protection in Psalm 91 — that God, in whom we trust, will be our refuge and our fortress.
El Paso, Texas
Volunteers arrived Saturday for what they thought would be a heart-wrenching day on the sidewalk, but there was unexpected good news — there would be no abortions that day!
But Gaby in El Paso says there was still non-stop prayer at the 40 Days for Life vigil. “Knights on Bikes showed up,” she said. These Knights of Columbus “prayed with all their hearts to end abortion.”
Today's devotional is from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 9 intention
Pray that the post-abortive woman would be repentant, accept
forgiveness, be healed and restored, and bring glory to God with her new
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I
said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave
the iniquity of my sin.
— Psalm 32:5
Reflection by Carmen Pate
Because abortion is legal in America, many have justified their choice. "If it's legal, it can't be wrong, right?"
We now have an entire generation of men and women who have never known
abortion to be illegal; a generation of people who have never been
broken over their sin of abortion.
As a result, the consequences of unconfessed sin weigh on their souls,
yet they have never connected the dots as to why their hearts are heavy.
No wonder we have millions of women who are struggling with depression,
addictions, eating disorders and more.
Post abortion syndrome is very real but recovery begins when the
individual agrees with God as David confessed in Psalm 51:3-4, 14,
"Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight —
that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when you
Judge. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my
Brokenness is the key to accessing God's glorious mercy and healing.
Christ came to heal the broken hearted and He is waiting with open arms
to take the post-abortive woman on a glorious journey of healing and
restoration if she will only run to Him.
God will not waste any sin we lay at His feet. Imagine millions of
healed and restored post-abortive women like myself singing aloud of His
righteousness and giving testimony of His love and forgiveness.
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in
your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and
the number of our days.
But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin.
We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion
from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your
Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, Amen.
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