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.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 15: 8,000 square foot abortion center
Dear Deacon John,
Right before the
start of the campaign, we reported on a 40 Days for Life effort that has
helped delay the opening of a new abortion business in Las Cruces, New
There is still no abortion center there, and efforts continue to prevent one from opening. Keep praying!
We’ve also become aware of two other 40 Days for Life locations where there are encouraging signs that abortions may be coming to an end. More prayers are needed there, as well.
Parenthood wants to start doing abortions in a community near the
Central Florida resort area – but local Christians have responded with a
“We have launched our first-ever, 24-hour-a-day 40 Days for Life vigil in front of a brand new 8,000 square foot Planned Parenthood mega center,” said Irma, the local coordinator in Kissimmee. The facility is open, but is not permitted to do abortions.
Planned Parenthood secretly bought this building earlier this year. “But before Planned Parenthood opened,” Irma said, “the community expressed their outrage, sadness and dismay.”
Regular vigils were held outside the location. People packed city commission meetings to express their concern. And a group of 70 physicians
signed a full-page newspaper ad that clearly stated their objections to
Planned Parenthood – and their own dedication to preserving life.
Since the 40 Days
for Life campaign started, people have spent time on the sidewalk
outside Planned Parenthood “during daytime and at night, under the sun
and yes, also during rainy days,” Irma said.
“Night hours are very peaceful, but also full of hope,”
she added. “Those of us who have been there have experienced a lot of
joy for being able to share our love and prayers to help save our
Buffalo, New York
Three people were
praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil outside the abortion center in
Buffalo when a taxi pulled up … and a young couple got out.
“The man was
carrying a bag that appeared to be a change of clothing,” said one of
the volunteers. “As they slowly walked directly in front of us, they read our signs and heard our words of prayer.”
The couple made eye
contact with the vigil participants. “Their faces were full of emotion,
but they continued to walk to the clinic. Just before they turned the
corner to enter the clinic, they stopped once again to look back at us. They were very somber, but kept going.”
Only a few minutes
later, however, the young man and woman walked out of the abortion
business. They again looked directly at the people praying on the
sidewalk … and kept on walking!
“We'll never really
know exactly what changed their minds,” said the volunteer. “As they
walked away, the man continued to turn around about every ten feet to
look back at us. It was as if he was in disbelief of what had almost
Here's today's devotional from Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action.
Day 15 intention
May God's people awaken to the fact that we are our brothers' keepers.
Now Cain talked
with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field,
that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the
Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not
know. Am I my brother's keeper?" And He said, "What have you done? The
voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground."
— Genesis 4:8-10
"Methinks he doth protest too much ..."
The Bible is filled
with passages that speak to our obligation to care for our fellow human
beings. From the many commands in the books of Moses enjoining love of
family, neighbors and even strangers, to Jesus' parable of the Good
Samaritan, the injunction to care for others is inescapable.
In this account,
the guilt-stricken Cain tries to shrug off his obligation to his own kin
by dismissing it as an unreasonable duty. A la Shakespeare, though,
"methinks he doth protest too much." Cain's objection doesn't stem from
his sense of proper boundaries of responsibility, but from his own
self-centered sense of self-preservation.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his
friends" (John 15:13). This is the standard of divine love. It required
God to sacrifice what was most precious to Him for the temporal and
eternal well being of all humankind (see John 3:16). Though on a
much-reduced scale, he expects us to do the same.
Trying to duck our
obligation to others is futile. We can't get away with simply dismissing
others, especially the most vulnerable among us: the pre-born, the
disabled, the sick and the aged. As with Cain, God sees and hears their
suffering and will call us to account for what we do -- or do not do --
Father, help us to
embrace the fact that we are our "brother's keeper." When, due to
selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility please call to
us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our "brother." Through
the help and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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