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, February 22, 2016
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 13: She changed her mind – on the table!
Dear Deacon John,
Happy Monday! As
the work week begins, here are some nuggets of good news to show you
what God is doing in response to your prayer and fasting.
So far during this campaign, our local leaders report that …
… 121 babies have been saved from abortion (that we know of)!
That may seem like
just a number. But each number represents a living human being, each of
whom is now part of a story about the impact of prayer …. and God’s
A woman walked up to a couple of the people praying outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center and told an amazing story. “I just want to tell you that what you’re doing is not in vain,” she said.
The 40 Days for Life vigil was in progress when she arrived for her abortion appointment. She’s married and has five children
– the youngest is a one-year-old. Her husband was totally against the
abortion … but she refused to consider calling it off. He eventually
gave in … and accompanied her to Planned Parenthood.
She went on to tell the volunteers that she was being prepped for the abortion … and the staff had already started an IV. It was at that moment she decided she could not go through with it!
“When the couple
was leaving, the husband was all smiles and waving,” said one of the
vigil leaders. “What an uplifting story! Praise the Lord!”
Volunteers in Philadelphia called it “a blessing in a blizzard.”
Well, it wasn’t so much a blizzard as it was an unexpected snowfall in
the early morning hours. But it was enough to delay a young woman on her
way to the abortion center.
a pastor and a friend had encouraged her to reject abortion. But she
got up that morning and headed to the appointment.
With the snow
covering the roads, however, traffic was at a standstill. “That pause
gave her a chance to digest and choose to turn around and return home,”
Monique, the local leader, said. “That was when she decided to keep the baby.”
She said it was an
example of “divine intervention in this crazy, out-of-the-blue,
one-hour, completely unexpected snowstorm. And that beautiful girl and
her child have been so blessed! Thank you for your prayers, my friends.
Every single moment of prayer makes such a difference!”
Charleston, South Carolina
One of the counselors outside the abortion facility was able to catch a young woman as she and a companion were driving out.
The volunteer asked
them to pull across the street – first of all, they didn’t want to
block the driveway. But they also wanted to avoid the abortion center’s
staff member, who started yelling at them.
The woman said she
was advised to have an abortion because of medical issues. The counselor
listened with concern, but also told her about life-affirming medical
assistance that could help her and her baby through the pregnancy.
That eased her mind considerably, as she was both relieved and excited to receive the information.
“All glory to God!” said one of the Charleston team members. “Another precious baby’s life was saved!”
Here's today's devotional from Randolph Sly of the National Pro-life Religious Council.
Day 13 intention
For all fathers who are terrified of being fathers.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
— Psalm 68:5
Reflection from Randolph Sly
I had a friend many years ago who confided in me that he was terrified
of being a father. He and his wife already had two children when this
revelation came forth. "I never knew my father," he explained, "and I
have no idea what a father is supposed to do."
We continued to share about this, as well as pray together. He began to
see he had a father's heart for his children. His biggest problem was
not a limitation on love but not knowing how to act out this love.
One day we talked about the verse quoted at the top of this page. I
shared that he did know his Father... not his biological father but his
Heavenly Father, who had rescued him from a life of destruction not many
"How did your Heavenly Father guide you?" I asked. He talked about the
ways he had seen God's love offered to him and the way the Lord had used
circumstances and the Scriptures to mold him and mature him. "Well, the
Lord wants to do the same thing through you for your children. Be
available to His love and available to your kids. You'll do fine."
How wonderful it is to know that God takes a personal interest in each
of us, many times using His faithful people -- the Church -- as channels
of this love. No one is fatherless who lives in the Lord. His fatherly
care begins at the moment of our conception, as it is written, "you knit
me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:12), and continues to be
poured upon us throughout our lives.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for caring about each of us so deeply.
Help us to see and know you as our Father in heaven each and every day
of our lives.
Your loving hand also rests on every child today carried in its
mother's womb. May they be born into this world and come to know fully
and personally your endless love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our
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