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, October 9, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 16: "I have my son because of you"
Dear Deacon John,
A 40 Days for Life campaign gives one more chance. One more chance for the mom ... and one last chance for the baby.
Some women and men take that last chance and save their child from
abortion. But of course, some don't. The ones who do are grateful for
your willingness to pray ... and to offer that one last chance.
Here are a few examples.
St. Louis, Missouri
“I want to tell you something,” said a woman who drove up to the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and rolled down her window. “I want you all to know that you are making a difference.”
After the 40 Days for Life volunteer thanked her for the kind words,
the woman asked, “Can I show you something?” It was a photo on her phone
– a happy 7-month-old baby boy.
By this time, the woman was in tears. “This is my fourth child.”
then went on to explain how she was planning an abortion because she
didn’t think she could take on the responsibility of another child. “But
because you all were here, I changed my mind. I have my son because of you.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
said Lisa, the local 40 Days for Life director in Michigan, who shared
the story of one mom who changed her mind about abortion.
“She had gone to the clinic already – for more than one abortion
appointment with this pregnancy – and each time did not go through with
the abortion,” Lisa said. “But she kept coming back.”
When she arrived for yet another appointment, she said she felt God
nudging her towards the sidewalk counselors. Instead of going into the
abortion facility, she went instead to the nearby pregnancy help center
for an ultrasound.
“Thanks be to God,” Lisa said, “she chose life for her baby!”
She faces a number of challenges – including financial ones – but life-affirming ministries are now helping her.
Lisa also noted her appreciation for the boys’ soccer team from Central
Catholic High School, who took time to pray at the vigil.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
a recent day during this 40 Days for Life campaign, members of seven
different churches prayed outside Planned Parenthood in Virginia Beach.
While they prayed, a young woman walked over and asked if anyone had a Bible. She and her husband already had a one-year-old … and wondered if they could take care of another baby.
“They had scheduled an abortion,” said one of the volunteers, “but when
they drove into Planned Parenthood, they realized they didn't belong
The young woman spoke to a priest who was with the group praying, and
he reassured her that God would watch over them and that she was making
the right decision.
“I can't help but wonder what would have happened if there had not been
people standing on the sidewalk praying,” said Louantha, the local
coordinator in Virginia Beach. “Your prayers and presence really do make a big difference.”
Today's devotional is from Rev. John Ensor of PassionLife.
Day 16 intention
Pray for the mothers going into pregnancy help centers. The personal
care, the free ultrasound, the ongoing practical help is designed to
deliver them from those who profit in shedding innocent blood.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
— Matthew 11:28
“You have twins. That will be another $350.” She did not speak English.
But she finally understood that they were telling her to go get more
money and return for her abortion.
She had already given them her rent money. But they were not about to
give her a two-for-one deal. They told her to get dressed and return
with more cash.
A couple, who was praying outside, comforted her. They brought her to their local pregnancy help center.
The staff quickly saw that her personal circumstances were so
desperate, and immediate, that they would need direct and ongoing help
from local Christians and churches. They started making calls.
Then they did the ultrasound. It showed there was only one baby, not
two. This abandoned, immigrant, powerless mother was being exploited.
She would do whatever she was told. Who would know? Who would care?
God calls us to “Rescue the weak and the needy; and deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).
When you provide an alternative to abortion you are not only rescuing
innocent babies, you are delivering mothers from the wicked: those who
profit in the shedding of innocent blood. Pray for those who rescue and
deliver daily at your local pregnancy help center.
Father, hear our prayer! Snatch desperate mothers from the fire. Bring
them out of our abortion businesses and into our pregnancy help centers.
Deliver them from evil. Use us to help them chose life and see your
hand of provision.
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