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Posted on 10/27/2009 8:25:26 AM PDT by Faith

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40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood. Then the anger of the lord was kindled against his people, and He abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hands of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. (See Psalm 106:37-43)

Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
during these 40 days in Autumn
as we pray for an end to abortion in this nation.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 40daysforlife; abortion; prayer; prolife

Pray for post-abortive women who cannot forgive themselves; may they understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


Blessed 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

REFLECTION by Carmen Pate

In the passage above, the Apostle Paul making a point about justification by faith, refers back to David's words in Psalm 32:1-2. In spite of the enormity of David's sin -- adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband -- and the utter absence of any personal merit, David in his brokenness, understood the imputed righteousness of God. David's response was not continued guilt over his sins, but praise for his freedom from guilt, and God's power to live life differently.

Once your relationship with God has been restored, your guilt has served its purpose and should no longer be given place in your life. This is true regardless of the sin, including the sin of abortion. As a post-abortive woman, I too struggled with this issue until I realized that punishing and hating myself after receiving God's forgiveness was an insult to God.

It was as though I were minimizing Christ's work on the cross as insufficient to cover my sin. I was denying Him the opportunity to bring glory to His name for the healing and restoration He wanted to do in my life. I was giving victory to the enemy who having lost the battle for my soul, was bent on destroying my testimony as I accepted the continual guilt he heaped on my mind.

It is my joy to continually sing of God's grace rather than give the devil a foothold in my life. Don't waste God's mercy! Accept His forgiveness and forgive yourself as testimony of His amazing grace.


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. For by His grace we are saved, Amen.

The Sienna Group

1 posted on 10/27/2009 8:25:26 AM PDT by Faith
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To: Jen4life; wagglebee; MountainFlower; Salvation; narses; Pegita;

Creator God,

You looked upon all that You created and You said that it was very good. We know that You love each unique life and that You have special plans for every child made in Your image. Help us to value these lives that You hold so dear to Your heart. Hear all the prayers spoken in earnest on behalf of the unborn. Protect these precious, innocent babies from the violence of abortion and may the heart of every mother who is carrying a child be filled with the love and protection of the Savior. For those who have chosen to abort their child, we pray that they would find forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ, in Whose Name we pray. Amen.

2 posted on 10/27/2009 8:29:21 AM PDT by Faith
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To: Faith


God is Mercy and Love. So far as the East is from the West, so far does He remove our sins.

3 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:52 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Faith

Our God is a Loving God and is willing to forgive. But first, you gotta repent. You can’t vainly stand tall and say “abortion is not wrong.”

4 posted on 10/27/2009 8:48:02 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: BertWheeler
Our God is a Loving God and is willing to forgive. But first, you gotta repent. You can’t vainly stand tall and say “abortion is not wrong.”

Absolutely. God measures the heart. He knows which hearts are truly contrite. I leave all that up to Him.

5 posted on 10/27/2009 11:39:00 AM PDT by Faith
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To: Faith
Today's email -- Very different accounts!

Here's the latest video, a touching three-minute
report from the frontlines in Toledo, OH: 

As we enter the final days of this 40 Days for Life
campaign, please keep in mind that God does not
always grant the blessing of seeing immediate results
from our efforts.

Such is the case in one 40 Days for Life community
where the campaign has been conducted several times.
Participants knew that because of their peaceful,
prayerful witness outside the abortion clinic, lives
had been saved from abortion. But what was really
going on inside that building?

One person found out in a most surprising way. This
person was not scheduled to pray at this particular
day and time, but stopped by the vigil following a
meeting. The clinic manager stepped outside to clean
windows, so the vigil participant saw an opportunity.
"I spoke kindly and introduced myself."

About half an hour later, the manager came out and
asked to talk -- "and invited me into the clinic!"

To say the least, what followed was an interesting

The manager wanted to explain and justify what goes
on at the clinic, but it seemed like this clinic
staffer was offering excuses for being involved in
the abortion business. Furthermore, the manager
professed to be a Christian who was certain "in my
heart" that this was God's calling, and that what
goes on in the clinic is not wrong.

"I asked if the manager's heart had ever been wrong,"
said the vigil participant, "and did my best to
lovingly communicate my disagreement and the reasons
I am passionate about defending both the unborn and
their mothers. I said that Jesus cared for children,
and that it does not matter what anyone thinks about
when a fetus is a person or whether abortion is
wrong. What matters is what God thinks; what Jesus

If not for 40 Days for Life, this vigil participant
would have been somewhere else, would not have spoken
to the clinic manager -- and would certainly not have
been invited inside for this discussion that planted
many seeds.

Is the clinic manager reconsidering the abortion
business? We pray! Or as the vigil participant said,
"Please pray that God would use my small efforts and
words to accomplish big things!"

And sometimes it does take time.

Again with today's reports, I'm not mentioning
locations because these are "works in progress," and
I don't want publicity to unsettle any hearts that
may be in the process of changing -- or give the
abortion industry a reason to threaten or pressure
workers who are considering quitting. Just pray!

At another 40 Days for Life vigil, the prayer team
has been praying specifically for a security guard --
ever since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life
campaign in 2007.

Last week, the security guard and a clinic escort
approached the local coordinator with a request -- to
pray that another pro-lifer, who was not associated
with 40 Days for Life, would leave. This particular
individual was described as "harsh."

"Well, you pray for everything else," said the
security guard, "so I thought maybe..."

The coordinator said praying for the person to leave
was out of the question, "but I could ask him to
reconsider the tone of his message, and we could pray
that he would say what God gave him to say. They were
actually happy with that response, and thanked me."

While the local coordinator took all this with a
grain of salt, they have been praying for this
security guard for more than two years now. "It comes
as a sign to me," the coordinator said, "and I am
overjoyed! A beginning is a beginning. Blessed be

6 posted on 10/27/2009 10:20:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Faith
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." --Mother Teresa--
7 posted on 10/28/2009 5:12:13 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

8 posted on 10/28/2009 11:20:21 AM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at
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To: Faith
Pinged from Terri Dailies

9 posted on 10/31/2009 4:50:19 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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