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.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 19: 24-hour vigils
Praying at a closed abortion facility in the middle of the night is powerful. But why do it?
It’s a question we’ve gotten since the very first 40 Days for Life
campaign in 2004, when volunteers took turns standing vigil 24 hours a
day, seven days a week:
“Why are you out there when they are not even open?"
It’s because the round-the-clock prayer presence does several good
things. For starters, such a committment places prayer at the center of
the 40-day time period.
It is literally a vigil that prays without ceasing – for 960 straight hours!
It also sends a powerful message to the community. Many people don’t
know there’s an abortion center in their home towns – or maybe even in
their neighborhoods. People who drive by after business hours may not
realize what goes on in what may look like a simple, quiet office
And it’s a constant reminder to the abortion facility’s staff. We’re
there when they show up for work. We’re there when they go out for lunch
or to run errands. We’re there at the end of the day when they go home.
We’re there when they drive past on nights and weekends.
As one former abortion worker realized, “I’m not as dedicated as they are.”
St. Louis, Missouri
“Even on the one day during that week that Planned Parenthood's gates
remained closed to the public,” said Brian, the 40 Days for Life leader
in St. Louis, “still we prayerfully persist.”
“One day soon, God willing, the abortion industry will fold – will close
its doors and cease to take the lives of innocent children day in and
day out,” he said. “But when this day comes, our work will be far from
over. It will just be beginning” [more]
Plattsburgh, New York
It’s often the conversations with passersby that make a big impression.
Nancy in Plattsburgh shared accounts of two women who recently decided
to engage the prayer volunteers.
While a small group was praying outside of Planned Parenthood at the 40
Days for Life vigil, a young woman jogging down the sidewalk stopped to
speak with them.
Jogger: “Planned Parenthood really helps teens, you know, with preventing pregnancy.”
Jogger: “No, I don't think so. (Pauses a moment to think.) Well, are you going to take all those kids in and take care of them?”
Volunteers: “Yes! Bring them to us!”
Jogger: “Well! I’ve got better things to do than that!”
And with that, off she ran – full steam ahead ... [more]
I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they
complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He
punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb
make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to
help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they
are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they
are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s