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.
Monday, October 27, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 34: 409 saved -- that we know of
Dear Deacon John,
With a week to go
in this 40 Days for Life campaign, more and more reports of blessings
are coming in from 297 vigils in 11 countries.
So far … we are aware of 409 babies whose lives have been spared from abortion! Here’s some good news to start your week.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“We are happy to report our first saved baby that we know of here in Winston-Salem,” said Toni, the local coordinator.
Volunteers were able to talk to a young couple on their way into
Planned Parenthood. They offered them information about life-affirming
options and contact information for two pregnancy help centers in the
area that would love to assist.
The couple listened, said thanks, then went into Planned Parenthood.
Within about five minutes, though, they came right back out. “The young lady smiled and waved as they got in the car and drove away,” Toni said. “As they passed us, they were clearly smiling.”
It was welcome news, since it had been a rough day for vigil
participants. First of all, two women drove by and angrily gestured at
them. Then a man driving away from a nearby medical office yelled at
them, “You are bad people!”
In retrospect, Toni said, “We believe the devil was riled because a life was about to be saved!”
Buffalo, New York
A volunteer praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil for the first time ever got to witness a special moment.
Two women left the abortion center and walked over to the people who
were in prayer. One of the women held out a sonogram image for them to
see as she proudly announced, “I’m keeping my baby!”
As she walked away, she told the volunteers, “Keep on doing what you’re doing!”
Later that same day, people were praying when a couple went into the
abortion facility. Not long afterward, the man came out and told the
vigil participants that his wife wanted the abortion … but he did not. She soon followed her husband out of the building, and they left without having the abortion.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Volunteers at the vigil in Cherry Hill watched as a woman left the abortion center.
She met an older woman and a little boy outside ... and they all walked
to a car. After a few minutes, though, the younger woman walked back to
the building. She spoke to someone at the door, but did not go inside.
The woman then turned to the vigil participants and asked for help. Her battery had died, and she couldn’t start her car.
The volunteers soon found out that the young woman was pregnant. The
older woman was her mother, and the boy was her 3-year-old son. She had
come for an abortion – but left the building because she simply couldn’t go through with it.
Her mother said she took the car trouble as a sign they should have
never scheduled the abortion to begin with. As they left (they did
eventually get the car started), she told the volunteers, “You won’t be seeing us again!”
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. Paul Stallsworth, President of Lifewatch (United Methodist Church).
Day 34 intention
May we come to know that divine life, in relationship, creates human life.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through
Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
“In the beginning” was God. Always, before all times, there was God. This particular God – the God of the Bible, the God of St. John’s Gospel –
is different from all other gods. This God is alive and full of life.
This God is not the picture of deadness and death, aloneness and
isolation. This God is the picture of life, relationship, and unity.
For within this God, within this one God, there are three divine persons who live, who love, and who work – together. This is the glorious mystery of the Trinity. The Trinity means divine life. The Trinity means three, living Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who relate to each other. The Trinity means mutual love and service among three Persons.
The Word was always with God the Father. This Word was, is, and will be
the Trinity’s second person. The Word is also the Son of God or, as
revealed in time, Jesus Christ. God the Father and God the Son live,
love, and work for each other. As one, they create “all things”
together: the Father creates all things, including all human life,
through the Son.
So the Father, through the Son, creates all human lives. The little one
swimming in his mother’s womb, the infant smiling in his father’s arms,
the child crying in pain in a hospital bed, the energetic teen running
another mile, the old man gasping for his last breath – all were created, at their beginning, by the Father through the Son. No exceptions. Divine life creates human life.
O God, may we always be quick to call you Father. And when we call you
father, let your Spirit remind us that we, and all people, from their
beginning to their last day, are your children. We praise you, Father,
that you sent your Son to reveal to the world that all people are His
brothers and sisters, that all people are your children. Through Jesus
Christ we pray, Amen.
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