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.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 18: The power of prayer
Dear Deacon John,
Today we have updates from the United States, Canada and Nigeria. The power of prayer is on display in all of these locations!
One report is from Abuja, Nigeria – which Robert Colquhoun,
our international outreach director, recently visited. It's a story of
how the impact of 40 Days for Life can often be felt in unexpected
places. We'll be hearing much more from Robert soon!
Earlier this week,
we talked about the campaign in Kissimmee, Florida. An appeals court has
overturned an injunction that blocked Planned Parenthood from
performing abortions at its new facility there. So please continue to keep the Kissimmee team – and the moms and babies – in your prayers.
is the leader of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Abuja. She also works
with an organization called Save the Unborn Babies Nigeria. She learned
recently of a baby that was saved … the child of a woman who prints the organization’s letterhead.
“She found out she was pregnant,” Kelechi said, “and the words ‘Save the Unborn Babies’ kept staring in her face each time she did the printing.”
The mother had kept this great news to herself for some time.
“She just shared it few days ago … just at the time I was asking myself
if these pro-life efforts are actually enlightening people and saving
babies from being aborted,” Kelechi said. “She specifically told me to
continue the work as the pro-life message is helping save babies,
although not all will come back to testify. All glory be to God!”
at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Canton were able to talk to a woman
who was on her way out of Planned Parenthood. “She said she was pregnant
and wanted to keep the baby … but did not know where to go.”
Planned Parenthood was apparently willing to plan an abortion, but
didn’t have much of an alternate plan when she said she wasn’t
interested. They merely gave her a sheet of paper with information about a hospital and sent her on the way.
“So I gave here our resources material,” the volunteer said. They also
talked about the local pregnancy help center and the services they
offered. “I told her she could get an ultrasound.”
As the two continued to talk, the woman started smiling and seemed more
confident. “Please pray for this young mother,” said the vigil
40 Days for Life team in Kitchener reports a turnout of more than 70
people for a candlelight vigil outside of Freeport Hospital – an event
described as an evening of prayer and fellowship as a witness and a voice for the babies who cannot speak out for themselves.
Ewelina, the local leader in Kitchener, said students from St. Mary’s
High School organized the event and provided candles … and a group of
students and their chaplain attended.
“Even though we had at least one person shout at us while driving by,” she said, “we had more positive praise from drivers passing by and honking in support.”
Here's today's devotional from Randolph Sly of the National Pro-life Religious Council.
Day 18 intention
We pray for a flowering of the joy of parenthood.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is
a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of
one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they
shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
— Psalm 127:3-5
I still vividly remember the day my first child was born. As she came
into the world I gazed upon the most beautiful little baby I'd ever
Later I was driving home from the hospital for a shower and a fresh
change of clothes when a song came on the radio, "The Men in My Little
Girl's Life" -- a ballad about being a father as he watches his daughter
grow through childhood to womanhood.
I wept as I listened, knowing those years would go by very fast... and they did.
Being a father, whenever I read the Psalm quoted above I'm always
captivated by one word - "heritage." It basically means "something
passed down from a preceding generation."
That little girl I watched being born and wept for is not mine to give
to God like a product of our fertility, but rather His, which he has
entrusted to us. So are all her siblings.
My wife and I share a great treasure: precious lives, which are placed
in our lineage that His life with us might be perpetuated.
To the psalmist, this was a blessing from the Lawgiver, God Himself,
who blessed Israel with another generation intended to continue their
For us in Christ, it is his gift of succeeding generations for His Church and her families.
These days I'm looking upon my grandchildren, and rejoicing that my
children and their spouses will pass on the greatness of Christ's gospel
to them and thus will continue the work of God in the world. What a
blessing. What a heritage!
Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of
children. Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make
us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation
might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We ask this
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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