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.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
40 Days For Life: DAY 23: “That we know of ..."
Dear Deacon John,
On Day 1 of this campaign, we saw the 14,000th baby saved from abortion -- that we know of -- since 40 Days for Life started in 2007.
Meet a few of those babies in this short and moving video.
We say "that we know of" because those are the ones we can confirm. It's a conservative number because there are mothers who change their minds and leave the abortion centers silently ... and often, only God knows about it.
Today, Michael in New Zealand offers "proof positive that there are some saves that we do not necessarily know about."
And if you're wondering if your prayers are really helping ... the answer is a firm, confident yes!
Auckland, New Zealand
"God has in His mercy seen fit to let us know about a save from last year's 40 Days for Life that we didn't know about," said Michael, the Auckland leader.
A woman told volunteers at the current Auckland vigil that a year ago, she was pregnant and had booked an abortion.
"Upon coming to the abortion place, however, she noticed our vigil and stood and listened to the prayers," Michael said. "She spoke with some of the volunteers and decided to keep her baby ... but didn't tell us at the time about her change of heart."
She now has a 3-month-old son!
"So praise God for the life of this little boy, who we hope to meet in coming days," he said. "The mother was very, very grateful to 40 Days for Life.
The 40 Days for Life team in Flint learned that even if the abortion center is not open, there's often a good reason to be there.
A father brought his daughter to Planned Parenthood on a day the business is closed. They had come for a pregnancy test.
Abortion was not in their plans ... but they're struggling financially and thought Planned Parenthood would have the resources to help them.
The volunteers suggested they go to the local pregnancy help center instead ... where in addition to the pregnancy test, they could find all of the life-affirming services that Planned Parenthood would not offer.
"Even if Planned Parenthood is closed," said one of the 40 Days for Life team members, "we are still there to offer help and share truths."
But the Lord said "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
-- Jonah 4:10-11
Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it.