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, March 14, 2016
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 34: Make this week count
Dear Deacon John,
It’s the final week of this 40 Days for Life campaign!
So far, our local leaders report that they know of …
… 351 babies (and their moms) spared from abortion since we started on February 10!
Have you prayed at a vigil yet? If not, it’s not too late! You have a week left ... and God could just use you to save a life!
“You’ve heard the
phrase ‘God’s timing is perfect,’” said Laura, the Louisville
coordinator. “Well today, God’s timing was absolutely perfect!”
Just as Archbishop
Joseph Kurtz arrived to lead prayer at the 40 Days for Life vigil, one
of the prayer volunteers noticed a woman had come out of the abortion
She had tears in her eyes … and told the vigil participants that “she couldn’t go through with it” and was keeping her baby. She accepted information about the pregnancy help center … thanked the volunteers … and drove away.
and the other 40 Days for Life volunteers prayed for this mother and her
unborn child,” Laura said, “and gave thanks for the gift of the life
that was saved. We are asking for your continued prayers
for the protection of the unborn, this mother and her child, and the
many mothers and fathers that need help in an unplanned pregnancy.”
Fons, the local
leader in Melbourne, tells of a suburban couple that arrived at the
“fertility control centre” where 40 Days for Life volunteers pray
“They had already two children,” he said, “a toddler and a small baby. And now she discovered that she is pregnant with twins. She did not know how they were going to cope.”
But she knew what
she was about to do was wrong. “She broke down crying at the gate, where
one of our committee members was able to speak with her and reassure her and offer support,” Fons said.
The father had said
he would go along with his wife either way. But one of the volunteers
reminded him that she needed his support to have the babies.
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.
Reflection from Rev. Paul Stallsworth
“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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