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.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 35: Want fries with that?
Persecution is taking unusual forms during this 40 Days for Life
campaign – especially during the debate over defunding Planned
Sometimes the opposition is organized – complete with chanted slogans
from protesters in strange costumes. At other times, it’s just a sudden
reaction from a passerby.
In all of these situations, 40 Days for Life volunteers did exactly what
we’ve all pledged to do – they responded with the love and joy of
The vigil often touches people’s consciences – and reminds them of situations in their own lives that they’ve come to regret.
These are people who need Christ’s mercy – and the 40 Days for Life
vigil participants were just the ones to provide a living example of His
love and forgiveness.
The 40 Days for Life volunteers face a variety of challenges at their
vigil. Sometimes it’s the government … but on one occasion it was a
For starters, Melbourne has a unique law that compels vigil participants
to remain at least 150 meters from the abortion facility. So they’ve
set up next to a tree outside the 150 meter distance – they refer to it
as the “tree of life.”
Fons, the local coordinator, was seated in prayer beneath the tree when
an athletic-looking young woman ran by, possibly on her morning workout.
returned about ten minutes later with a plastic bottle of tomato sauce
and proceeded to spray us and the posters with it,” said Trudi, one of
the 40 Days for Life team members. “She did not stop until her anger and
the tomato sauce were spent. She didn’t even ask if we wanted fries
(It’s “tomato sauce” Down Under, but I believe it’s what North Americans call “ketchup.”)
Some of the people who saw this called police, and it wasn’t long before three officers arrived.
“They asked if we wanted to press charges,” Trudi said, “and Fons
replied that tomato sauce never killed anyone … and that the young lady
was more hurt than we were!”
She called Fons’ response “a great witness to the compassion of Our Lord – so ready to love and forgive.”
Protesters in pink shirts, pink tutus and brightly colored hats shared
the sidewalk with 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers in Tempe.
Some of them twirled noisemakers and encouraged drivers to honk as a show of support for Planned Parenthood.
But Jim in Tempe says the vigil participants were “too caught up in prayer and good works to notice.”
Jim pointed out three positive takeaways from the protesters’ presence.
“First, what we are doing is having a major impact. It's working!
Second, their response is drawing more attention to Planned Parenthood’s
funding, atrocities and actual purpose,” he said.
“Three, their negative antics showcase and put a spotlight on the beauty and devotion of our prayer vigils.”
Walnut Creek, California
Seven protesters chanting “Save Planned Parenthood!” greeted 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers in Walnut Creek.
They also carried signs reading “abortion is a civil right” as well as
that pro-abortion classic, “keep your rosaries off my ovaries.”
“Our volunteers were not intimidated, but, in fact, greeted the ladies
and respectfully explained our stance,” said one of the team members in
Walnut Creek. “Please continue to pray that hearts will change and that
light will shine in the darkness!”
are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the one to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.
— Romans 4:7-8
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace that
saved a wretch like me. I come against the enemy of my soul who would
have me feel cast down and dejected. Lord, keep your children from
falling prey to the accusations of the father of lies. Turn our mourning
into dancing and may we bring praise to you as we give testimony of
Your healing and restoration in our lives.