Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DAY 8: National media attention + inspiring VIDEO


Dear Deacon,

By now you may have heard the buzz -- that Laura
Ingraham was enthusiastically promoting 40 Days for
Life to millions of people on the Fox News Channel's
"Fox and Friends" program yesterday morning.

We NEVER imagined that kind of publicity and attention
when 40 Days for Life first began!

Today I have a very special video for you:

This spring's 40 Days for Life marks the TENTH
nationally and internationally coordinated campaign
since this effort went from humble beginnings to
spread around the world.

To mark this occasion -- national director David
Bereit went back to where it all began.



Most people don't realize that with prayer, we can
change our world -- even in the public right-of-way.

The public right-of-way in Bryan/College Station,
Texas is special. In fact, the local police once told
me it was officially the "most protested strip of
public right-of-way in America."

I saw that as a huge compliment because I knew that the
people there were praying, and that made the difference.

For eight years -- as volunteers on opposite sides of
the fence and then directors of opposing organizations
-- I watched Abby Johnson drive to and from her office
at Planned Parenthood every day.

We prayed for her ... but never imagined the day when
she, the director of our Planned Parenthood, would
ever JOIN us in prayer on that public right-of-way as
a pro-life advocate.

Prayer makes the difference.

David Bereit went back and fired up the crowd at their
local kickoff event ... and it was captured on video:

Watch the video from the birthplace of 40 Days for
Life and you will:

 * Learn breaking news about the unprecedented decline
  in business that Planned Parenthood and the abortion
  industry are experiencing RIGHT NOW

 * Understand the urgency and vital importance of this
  40TH YEAR of legal abortion in America

 * Discover how YOUR participation in 40 Days for Life
  this spring will make a profound, life-saving impact!

Whether you're brand new to 40 Days for Life, or a
veteran of many campaigns, take the time to watch this
inspiring video TODAY:

If you don't have a fast enough Internet connection
to watch video, we've also included the audio recording
that you can listen to online (even with a dial-up
connection) or download to your computer or iPod.

Today's devotional is from Rev. Rob Schenck, president
of Faith and Action.


We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous
help to the unborn and their families.


If 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

-- Job 31:13-15

REFLECTION by Rev. Rob Schenck, Faith and Action

The ground is level as we stand before God.

Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God's
expectation of him, particularly regarding his
obligation to care for the weak and needy.

He knew that in God's economy everyone stands on level
ground when it comes to our status as God's creatures.
Because of that central truth, we must take care of
each other.

Job also knew that he didn't deserve any of the good
things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came
to Job from God's benevolent heart.

As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively
linked his obligation to be generous to others to
God's kindness toward him.

As in Jesus' parable of the unmerciful servant
(Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious
sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves.

He actually calls down on his own head severe
condemnation and even punishment should he fail to
share with others out of his own abundance (see verses

Proverbs 3:27 reads, "Withhold not good from them to
whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand
to do so." Some things are so obvious that we don't
even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and
the power to do what so obviously needs doing.


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 womb. Amen.


To download today's devotional as a formatted,
printable PDF to share with friends:


As we begin the second week of this 40 Days for Life,
let's pray that God continues to pour out His rich
blessings on everyone involved!

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have good news to report about 40 Days
for Life in your community, please post a comment on
today's blog entry:

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