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.
Friday, February 12, 2016
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 3: Planned Parenthood unnerved
Dear Deacon John,
$38.3 million is a lot of money.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, that’s how much their private contributions have decreased.
For the abortion industry, when you have a drop like that you will say anything – or accuse anyone
– to raise money. As this 40 Days for Life campaign begins, they’re
turning their attention to those praying at peaceful vigils.
40 Days for Life
campaigns are effective. When a woman chooses life, we rejoice ... and
help that mother. Planned Parenthood only sees lost income. Here is the latest example.
In an email to supporters in Pennsylvania, they try to paint you as an “extremist.”
“Protesters plan to
hold a vigil every day in front of our medical centers,” reads the
email, “attempting to intimidate, harass and block our patients from
accessing the care they need.”
Planned Parenthood then asks backers to contribute money
for every “protester” who shows up during the campaign. The more people
show up, the more their friends will donate – or at least, that’s the
So if you see one
of these “pledge-a-picket” campaigns at the abortion facility in your
community, pay it no attention. Just bow your head and do the one thing
that really hurts their bottom line: pray!
(Want to know what to really expect at a vigil? Listen to this week’s podcast. Here’s thelink.)
Manhattan, New York
“Not even two hours into the first day of our 40-day vigil,” said Jill, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Manhattan, “and we are already saving lives.”
Jill was just leaving her apartment, which is not far from the Planned Parenthood abortion center.
“A young woman
stopped me and asked for directions to 26 Bleecker Street – an
all-too-familiar address. I asked if she was going to Planned
Parenthood, and told her that place was bad news.”
Jill gave her contact information for the Sisters of Life. Still, the young woman walked inside.
But she wasn’t there long. She came back out and told Jill the abortion facility was “really scary.”
She texted the Sisters of Life and made plans to meet with them.
“God wants us to
know that we are doing His work,” Jill said. “He answers our prayers and
rewards us for being public witnesses of His Word.”
“Please dress warm ... and layer, layer and layer some more!”
That was the advice
that Kathy, the 40 Days for Life leader in Columbia, gave to prayer
volunteers on a day where the temperature stayed well below freezing.
She followed her own advice, with multiple layers topped off by a
hoodie, wool sweater and warm coat – plus two pairs of gloves.
Throughout the day, Planned Parenthood had a staff of ten on the job – for a total of 12 clients.
“We are doing the right thing,” Kathy said, “and God will save many babies as together we pray on this sidewalk – God’s sidewalk – and offer up our prayers of thanksgiving and praise to Him!”
Today's devotional is from Dennis DiMauro of Lutherans for Life.
Day 3 intention
We pray for God’s gift of strength as we strive to protect human life during these 40 Days for Life.
Therefore I tell
you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about
your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and
the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
– Matthew 6:25-26
Reflection by Dennis DiMauro
Billions of dollars
are spent each year on diet plans. But Jesus tells us to stop worrying
so much about our bodies, and instead to trust in God’s care for our
What would happen
if the people who had started on a low-carb diet this year had instead
gone on a diet of heavenly food? For non-believers that diet would
include trusting in Christ for their salvation, and for believers it
would include a renewed prayer life, a new Bible study, or even a
This diet doesn’t include giving up on certain kinds of foods. What this diet
includes is giving
up on anxiety by resting in the loving arms of Christ, trusting that He
will provide. Such a spiritual diet also frees us from our worries, and
allows us to freely praise Him and serve others. Christ’s words bear
tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the
air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
provision teaches us the inestimable worth of our lives. He will not
allow us to go without. This intimate knowledge and care for human life
on the part of our gracious God is what motivates us to seek for the
preservation of human life in all its stages.
Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which
you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the faith, grace
and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you.
Through Christ our Lord, amen.
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