Skip to comments.40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 18 - WILL YOU TAKE 30 SECONDS TO PRAY FOR A HELPLESS BABY?
Posted on 03/06/2010 12:10:06 PM PST by Faith
"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)
May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
-- Psalm 8:3-9
REFLECTION - by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
How often we ignore the phrase, "stop and smell the roses" and instead submit to the all too "urgent" task at hand. Is this tendency what keeps us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God's care for His sacred creation is paramount in His own mind?
The Psalmist speaks of God's handiwork: the heavens, the work of his "fingers," and then points to God's masterpiece - human life. He declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in His thoughts.
God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as we might be, by thoughts of something "more important." God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or replaced, which surpasses the beauty of all other created things - the human being.
There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human beings. There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or desire to be in communion with us. Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares for Life. We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.
Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life. Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
(Proverbs 31: 8-9)
Daily our brothers and sisters are being led to slaughter-—often just so that the lives of their mothers or fathers will not be inconvenienced. Help us to know that THIS IS OUR PROBLEM, Lord. This is a spiritual blight upon our nation-—a cancer in the very heart of America-— and all of us must bear some responsibility for our silence and complacency. Help us, Lord, to do all that we can to defend these innocent little babies who cannot defend themselves. We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Our shame is ever before us, O Lord ... O, that we would do according to Your Word ...
2 CHRONICLES 7: 14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
While there is yet time, O Lord, may we repent ... while there is yet time. Amen ...
Amen to your prayer, and many thanks for your defense of the unborn.
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