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 16, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 23: VIDEO -- saving lives around the world
Dear Deacon John,
Days for Life is a grassroots effort. Even as the campaign continues to
grow, our headquarters team tries to visit as many 40 Days for Life
locations as possible. It’s important for us to meet with you, and your fellow volunteers, at your prayerful vigil.
With 297 cities in 11 countries conducting 40 Days for Life campaigns
right now, it’s not humanly possible to get to every location ... but one man seems to be making a run for it: Robert Colquhoun. Robert is our London-based international outreach director ... and he is on a 40 Days for Life world tour — literally!
As the man who brought the first 40 Days for Life vigil to Great
Britain a few years back, Robert knows what it takes to lead a campaign
and overcome difficult challenges and persecution. He also knows what
it’s like to meet a baby who was about to be aborted.
During this campaign, Robert will be visiting Africa, Australia, South America and Europe ... so look for more updates from him over these next few weeks.
Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa
Watch Robert’s inspiring five-minute video report ... straight from the 40 Days for Life front lines in Africa:
There are currently six campaigns underway in Africa, and Robert was
able to meet with 40 Days for Life leaders there and visit several of
The culture differs greatly from North America or Europe, and the legal
landscape varies in each country as well. But in each location, the
need for life-affirming outreach is clear ... and, as you'll see in the
video, lives are being saved!
first 40 Days for Life effort in Latvia’s capital city is getting
attention from the people – and the media. “One of the biggest
newspapers published a story about our activities,” said Janis, the
leader in Riga, “and more mass media interest was created by that newspaper article.”
One TV station interviewed Janis and Fr. Aivars Licis, a priest who’s
been helping with the campaign. That’s Janis who is partially hidden by
the cameraman in the photo. “It gave us an opportunity to explain our
position on abortion,” he said.
Volunteers conducted a prayer walk from St. Albert Church, which is
close to the hospital. They walked around the hospital fence and
returned to the church for prayer in the Garden of Souls. “That’s a
small monument in our church garden dedicated to aborted and miscarried
children,” Janis explained
He said the 40 Days for Life devotionals, which have been translated into Latvian, are especially popular.
There’s a group that prays with the devotionals in church each morning.
“Another friend told me he was downloading the devotionals and praying
Here's today's devotional from Dennis DiMauro of Lutherans for Life.
Day 23 intention
We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.
But the Lord said "You have had pity on the plant for which you have
not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished
in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which
are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern
between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I
not be concerned about that great city?"
— Jonah 4:10-11
God doesn't value people and things like we do. Jonah loved a shade
tree more than an entire city of sinful people. We love our dogs more
than a terrorist. We love our cars more than a beggar on the side of the
road. And sometimes, we love our money more than a child growing in a
desperate teenager's womb.
But God isn't like us. Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the capstone
of God's creation. We were created on the sixth day after God had
completed the land, the stars, the plants and the animals. Therefore,
His love for us is greater than His love for a plant, an animal, or any
other created thing.
And the book of Jonah tells us that He loves even the most sinful
people and seeks to bring them into His merciful arms. And it's a love
that seeks to touch all of his created children: that desperate
teenager, the baby growing in her womb, even tyrants and terrorists.
So it's up to us to imitate God's merciful love by helping and praying
for those who persecute us, and those who don't love us back.
Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult
things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love
and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it.
This we ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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