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 12, 2015
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 20: Ready for some good news?
Dear Deacon John,
from local 40 Days for Life leaders keep coming in! So far, during this
current 40 Days for Life campaign, there have been ...
… 251 babies saved from abortion – that we know of!
We trust God and pray that there are many others.
often wonder if there are women who see people peacefully praying
outside the abortion center ... women who change their minds about
abortion and just keep driving – without ever telling anyone.
In many instances, the Lord is indeed the only one who knows. So keep going to the vigil ... and keep praying!
Every blessing has a story behind it ... and here are just a few.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sabrina says the St. Petersburg campaign has heard the good news that a woman had rejected abortion on at least two occasions.
In one case, she said, “the young mother paid the abortion clinic for an ultrasound which revealed that she is having twins!”
The team was also
told that a woman who had gone in for an RU-486 abortion then had second
thoughts and contacted an abortion pill reversal hotline. She is
working with a local doctor to maintain the pregnancy.
“We were blessed to
learn more about abortion pill reversal at our kickoff events,” Sabrina
said, “when another young mother told us about her regret after having
taken RU 486.”
Her mother’s boyfriend did some research, which led him to Culture of Life Family Services. “She followed the protocol and is now the mother of a beautiful baby girl.”
A group of eight
had been praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil for about an hour when a
car leaving the abortion center parking lot stopped. The young woman in
the car was smiling from ear to ear … and she told the people on the
sidewalk, “I’m keeping my baby!”
“Only God knows
whether a baby’s life would have been saved if no one had been there,”
said John, the Cleveland campaign director.
“What we do know is
that the show-up rate for scheduled abortions declines dramatically
when prayer warriors are on the sidewalks,” he said. “What we do know is
God hears and answers our prayers and babies are saved!”
A man walked up to
the volunteers praying outside Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis. “We
thought he was coming to pray,” said one of the vigil participants, “but
tears were streaming down his face.”
He told the group
that he and his wife have a 3-month old-daughter. They were inside the
abortion center last year at this time, saw people praying outside ... and they left!
The man explained
that he works close by and had driven by the center many times, never
thinking he would be in that situation. “What a blessing to see him come
and tell us about his daughter.”
Raleigh, North Carolina
“I was praying at the clinic,” said Eileen, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator, “and business was very slow. Praise God! Only three women went in … and one of them came out a short time later.”
She noted that business at the vigil location is always slower during 40 Days for Life. “Prayer works,” she said, “and consistent, unified prayer works even more!”
Today's devotional is from Rev. Ben Sheldon, president emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-life
Day 20 intention
That we may realize the generational impact of abortion.
prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord
granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children
struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I
live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two
peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than
the other, the el-der shall serve the younger.”
— Genesis 25:21-23
What an answer to prayer!
Who dares to say that the unborn are not human, with distinct personality and character right from the moment of conception?
This account emphasizes the vitality and uniqueness of the twins who,
because of Isaac’s prayer for his wife, were conceived in Rebekah’s
When Rebekah was told by the Lord that the older would serve the younger
twin, God already knew that Jacob and Esau would lead turbulent and conflicted lives.
God knows us and knows all about us, including our personality and
disposition long before we are actually born, indeed, from the moment we
are con-ceived in our mother’s womb.
What a tragedy of gargantuan proportions that babies, planned and
endowed by the Creator, with distinct and unique personalities and with,
perhaps, a future and destiny intended for greatness, have their lives
snuffed out by cruel abortionists before they ever see the light of day!
May our prayers that the dreadful scourge of abortion in our land may
vanish be as fervent as Isaac’s were for Rebekah.
O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and
spe-cial life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you. Grant
that we may pray and work for an end to abortion, especially in these 40
days, so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your
divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion. We pray
this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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