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, November 2, 2018
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 38: Praying behind bars
always follows abortion. Those who have suffered the trauma of abortion
are much more likely to experience substance abuse, domestic abuse, and
They are also much more likely to end up in prison.
But a 40 Days for Life campaign is an opportunity for healing. In The Beginning of the End of Abortion,
I wrote about how the campaign in Saginaw, Michigan worked through a
prison ministry program to involve local prisoners in their campaign.
More than 40 men signed up to pray the overnight hours--from their
40 Days for Life leader on the West Coast received a phone call from a
woman whose sister recently had an abortion--shortly after being
released from prison. She was pregnant again...and planning to have
troubled woman's sister was able to introduce her to the local campaign
leader, who quickly befriended the abortion-minded woman--even taking
her to the banquet for a nearby pregnancy center.
"I spoke with the young woman today at church," the leader said. "And I was able to confirm that she is choosing life for this baby. Hallelujah!"
As you pray for an end to abortion, don't forget to pray for those who join us in prayer from behind bars.
they can't attend the vigil, Karen in Kenosha invited local prisoners
to join her campaign through prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
A man named Jeff decided to pray two hours a day and to fast from from 7 am to 7 pm!
Another man named John is fasting from both food and from speaking 12 hours a day. "I've prayed daily for those actively involved in these 40 days," he said. "I collect my meals and give them to my inmates."
sent her prison participants thank you cards for their sacrifices. "I
have been so moved by their prayers and tender hearts for the moms and
babies," she said.
Greenland, New Hampshire
the vigil coordinator in Greenland, was recruiting vigil participants
at a local church when a woman approached her to share that she sends 40
Days for Life updates to her post-abortive goddaughter in prison.
goddaughter has--for the last five years while incarcerated--prayed and
fasted for all the Greenland vigil participants ...unbeknownst to us!" said local leader Jackie.
loves reading campaign updates her godmother forwards to her, and now
two more women from her correctional center have joined her in praying
and fasting during the 40 Days for Life campaigns!"
reported that the opportunity to pray and fast with the 40 Days for
Life campaign has been a part of this woman's healing process. "Isn't
that powerful?" Jackie asked.
Yes it is...and to our sister in New Hampshire--if your godmother forwards you this message, please know that I'm praying for YOU today!
have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor, and hate your
enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you.
— Matthew 5: 43-44
Father, may we reflect your character of grace and kindness to those
who hate us and curse us. Guard our hearts and our tongues as we respond
in love to words and actions meant to rile us or cause us harm. Let
others see the Hope that is Christ in all we say and do.