Saturday, March 16, 2019

40 Days For Life: DAY 11: Meet baby Gabriel



Baby Gabriel is fighting for his life.
"He has four major issues we're watching pretty closely," said his parents Mike and Amanda, who are long-time 40 Days for Life volunteers. "Issues with his intestines, brain bleed, lung problems, and a hole in his heart." 
But today is Gabriel's one-month birthday.
Born just shy of 25 weeks at less than a pound and half, this beautiful little boy is a living miracle and he's alive today because his parents fought for him.
Amanda even risked her own life--doctors didn't expect her to pull through either--to give her son a chance. "Despite the fear, we made our wishes clear: there would be no direct abortion of our child," she said. They were blessed with doctors who supported them fully.

Mike and Amanda had another decision to make: did they want to resuscitate their son if he were born before 25 weeks?
"Our baby deserved to be loved regardless of any possible brain damage [resulting from his preterm birth]," they decided. "He deserved to have Christmases and birthdays know that we loved him and fought for him. We both knew that there was no way we could face our other children and tell them we didn't do everything we could for their little brother."
Mike and Amanda were so kind as to share a very special moment--Gabriel's first time seeing his mommy and daddy:
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Abortion supporters have spent the last two months justifying late-term abortion and infanticide by (falsely) claiming it's only used for "non-viable fetuses."
The next time you encounter that sort of dehumanizing rhetoric, remember these cynical politicians are really talking about children just like this beautiful little boy--no less precious because he has eight separate IVs plugged into his body.
That sacred moment of Gabriel opening his eyes to meet his parents for the very first time is why we stand on street corners through ice storms, heat waves, and persecution. And if you're ever tempted to count the cost, take one more look at that video and remember that every sacrifice is worth it.
Baby Gabriel's parents and doctors fought for him. Will you fight for the babies who don't have anyone to fight for them?
40 Days for Life is a family, and families stick together in times of need.
Mike and Amanda credit prayer for powering them through their bleakest hour. So please pray for Baby Gabriel, for Mike and Amanda, and for their entire family.
I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.
— Ephesians 4:1b-2
Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us to those who desperately need Your saving grace.
See today's full devotional
For life,
Shawn Carney
President/CEO, 40 Days for Life
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