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40 Days for Life, February 17 -- March 29, 2010, Come and Pray to Stop Abortion in the World
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Posted on 02/17/2010 7:54:57 AM PST by Salvation

 

 40 Days for Life in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

  • Prayer and fasting
  • Constant vigil
  • Community outreach

40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion in America.

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities ... and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ's resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.

 

Vision and mission

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.

 

Prayer and fasting:

 40 Days for Life in Birmingham, Alabama

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God's will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God's help.

Fasting is not a Christian diet; it is a form of physical prayer. You can fast from food, TV, alcohol ... anything that separates you from God.

 

Constant vigil:

 40 Days for Life in San Fernando, California

The most visible component of 40 Days for Life is a constant prayer vigil outside a place where children are aborted. It is the hope that the vigil can be maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It is a prayerful witness to the clinic's patients and employees, and to the entire community, that evil is in our midst and that with God's help, it will be defeated.

 

Community outreach:

 40 Days for Life in Walker, Minnesota

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to the community through focused, grassroots educational efforts. People are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life.

A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out. Informational flyers can raise awareness about abortion. Church involvement, media contact and campus outreach also contribute.



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1 posted on 02/17/2010 7:54:57 AM PST by Salvation
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To: Faith

Find a location near you.

2 posted on 02/17/2010 7:58:50 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

3 posted on 02/17/2010 8:00:41 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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 40 Days for Life in Greensboro, North Carolina

To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with His guidance, we have prepared a series of daily devotionals — one for each campaign day.

The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting.

We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. Please follow the links below to read and meditate upon these brief reflections.

Daily Devotionals

4 posted on 02/17/2010 8:02:01 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
Catholic Prayer Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Prayer Ping List.

5 posted on 02/17/2010 8:04:14 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I will join the Houston group and bump your thread.

May God Bless this effort.

6 posted on 02/17/2010 8:11:54 AM PST by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers will not support.)
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To: Salvation

Will assist this effort through daily prayer.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 8:17:14 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Salvation

Virginia Beach kickoff here.

Wasn’t able to do this morning since I had another comittment, but I just heard it was pretty good despite the chill.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 9:16:41 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Salvation

Holy God,

Throughout the Bible we learn of many awesome events that took place over the course of 40 days. Knowing that You are our God Who never changes, we commit the coming 40 days to You, asking that You stir our hearts to remember the lives of the unborn—especially those for whom death is planned before life outside the womb is achieved. May the prayers of all Your people bear bountiful fruit as we join with others across this nation to pray to You, our Creator. Stir our spirits with Your passion and unwavering faith as we petition You in this matter of life and death. Make us instruments of Your love and blessing.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 2:05:38 PM PST by Faith
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To: Faith
Kickoff Meditation -- February 16, 2010

Day of Preparation - February 16

 

Intention:

Pray that our nation repents from the sin of abortion and turns back to God.

Scripture:

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 I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

- 2 Chronicles 7:14

Reflection:

Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.

And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?

Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."

May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" talk showhttp://www.40daysforlife.com/getinvolved.cfm?selected=spring2010day00


10 posted on 02/17/2010 4:42:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Meditation -- February 17, 2010

Day 1 - February 17

 

Intention:

That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.

Scripture:

Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast… Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people."

-- Joel 2:15-17

Reflection:

The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.

It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection - His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me… Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me… O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).

We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.

Prayer:

Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.

David Brandao
Communications Director, 40 Days for Life


11 posted on 02/17/2010 4:44:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From Catholic Exchange -- 40 Days for [Life] Begins Today — Now it is YOUR Turn

40 Days for [Life] Begins Today — Now it is YOUR Turn

February 17th, 2010 by 40 Days for Life

Dear Friends for Life:

The National Prayer Vigil to end abortion is about to begin again!

Yes, tomorrow, February 17, the 40 Days for Life campaign will kick off in 165 cities across the United States, Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland.

165 cities — that’s the most ever for a spring 40 Days for Life campaign!

With almost three feet of snow at some of the locations, we are more appreciative than ever before of all the sacrifices required to pray outside abortion centers at this time of year in much of North America.

It’s a challenge, and it’s a sacrifice — but we know that when two or more are gathered together in Christ’s name, He is there — and He hears our prayer.

It’s worth it!

By the grace of God, 40 Days for Life has already helped to save at least 2,168 children from death by abortion, led 28 clinic workers to walk away from the abortion industry, and contributed to the closure of five abortion centers.

And now YOU have a chance to help shape history as part of this 40 Days for Life campaign!

Just this past fall, many gathered in His name at abortion facilities in 212 communities. We’ve compiled pictures from many of their 40-day vigils into a short, 7-minute video that will give you an amazing look at the heart of 40 Days for Life — people gathered peacefully, united in a common purpose, praying for an end to abortion.

It’s powerful evidence that each of us can take our simple prayers and join something that is much, much larger than any of our individual efforts …

… and a powerful invitation for YOU to get involved …

… to get involved AGAIN if you’ve participated in the
past …

… to get involved FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME if you’ve
never done anything like this before!

Please click here to see the video: http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=574

During five previous 40 Days for Life campaigns, more than 300,000 faithful people in 282 cities participated in 40 days of:

* Prayer and fasting for an end to abortion

* Peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities

* Grassroots community outreach and education

The list of the 165 participating cities across the United States, Canadian, Australia, and Northern  Ireland has just been posted online at: http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

The 40 Days for Life campaign runs from February 17 to March 28  — and you can help save lives by getting
involved today!

Here’s what to do:

1.) Go to the list of 40 Days for Life locations: http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

2.) Using the map, or the list of locations, click on the site that is closest to where you live.

3.) You will be redirected to the web page for that local 40 Days for Life campaign.

4.) On that local web page, SIGN UP with your name and e-mail address to get involved and help save lives!

That’s it!

You will then receive information on the plans for your nearby 40 Days for Life, and how you can help make an impact.

Then, help spread the word to everyone you know about 40 Days for Life! The easiest way is to forward this article to your friends, family members, co-workers, and fellow believers.

Looking forward to GREAT things this campaign!

Yours for Life,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

[Editors note: This article was adapted from a letter by the National Director, and edited by Mark Ginella, a pro-life advocate working on the San Marcos 40 Days for Life campaign.  He encourages each of you to contact your church or community group, and have them agree to sign up for a full day, where all parishioners come out with their families and join in this beautiful event, which shows Jesus that we still care for the least of our brothers, and that we will pray and work for a time when the dignity of life will be respected by all -- from the moment of conception, until natural death.]

This article is courtesy of the 40 Days for Life campaign.

12 posted on 02/17/2010 9:45:51 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I’ll be at the Charleston, SC location this coming Sunday.


13 posted on 02/18/2010 6:59:06 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; NYer; Faith; OpusatFR; TWfromTEXAS; kingattax
OPPOSE Abortion Coverage in Healthcare Reform
 
Please be one
of the many who
oppose abortion!
 
 

 

 

Day 2 - February 18

 

Intention:

May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.

Scripture:

My power is made perfect in weakness.

--2 Corinthians 12:9

Reflection:

The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation. For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation. For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.

The door to healing is humility. It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"

During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."

Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will. This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).

Prayer:

Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."

Kevin Burke
Executive Director, Rachels Vineyard Ministries


14 posted on 02/18/2010 8:28:45 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; NYer; Faith; OpusatFR; TWfromTEXAS; kingattax

Day 3 - February 19

 

Intention:

May God's people understand that the Lazarus of the 21st Century is the unborn child, and respond accordingly.

Scripture:

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, "Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire."

But Abraham replied, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us."

--Luke 16:19-31

Reflection:

The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich. He went to hell because he ignored the other man. He thought that because Lazarus had less that he was worth less. He failed to recognize that Lazarus was his brother. Lazarus was waiting at the door of the rich man for scraps of food; the Lazarus of our day, the unborn child, is waiting at the door of the womb for birth itself. God does not only prohibit aborting the unborn; he prohibits ignoring them.

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for the life that I possess, and for the birth that you granted me. I hear the cries of the Lazarus of our day; I see them sitting at the door. Grant that I may never ignore them, and that through this 40 Days campaign, I may stir many others to pay attention to them as well. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life


15 posted on 02/19/2010 9:19:47 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; NYer; Faith; OpusatFR; TWfromTEXAS; kingattax

Day 4 - February 20

 

Intention:

Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Scripture:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.

- Ephesians 6:12-13

Reflection:

I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual. Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ. We must see the battle for what it is and if we are to be prepared to face the spiritual enemy on the issue of abortion, we must daily "put on" the armor God has given us:

  • Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) - Commit your emotions to believe truth and to speak truth, regardless of the repercussions.
  • Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) -It will protect our hearts - the innermost springs of our beings - from all unrighteousness so evident in this fallen world.
  • Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. (vs. 15) -Preparation is vital if we are to be effective in God's work.
  • Taking the shield of faith (vs.16) - The Accuser will instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such false accusations.
  • Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs.17) - A helmet protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine revelation for human reasoning.
  • Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs.17) - The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word is powerful and effective.

Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse tells us how, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit." (vs.18)

Prayer:

Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. We thank you for equipping us with Your armor. Lead us daily to put it on! Thank you for allowing us to serve under your command, and for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" talk show


16 posted on 02/20/2010 8:30:38 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Yesterday’s email:

Early Wednesday morning — the first day of this
campaign — 40 Days for Life vigil participants were
praying for a young woman who arrived for an abortion
appointment in Cleveland. On her way towards the
building, she stopped and talked to one of the
counselors on the sidewalk.

The vigil participants feared the conversation had
not made an impact. Still, they kept praying.

A short time later, the young woman left the facility
in tears. She could not go through with the abortion,
thanks to the conversation with the counselor —
and the prayers.

Michael in Cleveland says a second life was saved
around lunchtime on Wednesday. 40 Days for Life
participants were praying as a woman left the
abortion center ... smiling. The man with her —
the baby’s father — was also smiling.

She walked over to the people praying and said,
“Don’t worry. I didn’t do it!”

The young couple drove away, happy ... and still
smiling. Said Michael, “Our God is awesome!”

On Day 1 in Huntsville, Alabama, vigil participants
were praying for two young women. One had arrived
for an abortion. The other was doing her best to
try to talk her friend out of aborting her baby.

The two went inside together while the people on
the sidewalk continued to pray ...

... and pray ...

... and pray!

They were inside for two hours, which could have been
seen as a discouraging sign. But finally, the friend
came out. “Did you see how long I was in there?” she
asked ... and then she announced the good news.

“I talked her out of it!” she said.

“Thanks for everything!”

“Everything,” of course, included two hours of praying
intently that God would touch this young woman’s
heart — and inspire the friend who desperately wanted
to see the baby live.

Prayer indeed works!

People praying at the Planned Parenthood abortion
center in Providence, Rhode Island learned that as
well. A woman drove up, eager to talk.

“You were out here praying two years ago when I went
in to have an abortion,” she said. “I just want you to
know that I came out of the clinic that day. I decided
to have my baby. I love her and I wanted to thank you.”

Thank YOU ... and thank our amazing Heavenly Father,
who hears each word of prayer.

Please keep praying!


17 posted on 02/20/2010 8:32:09 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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And from today’s email — talking about the deception that Planned Parenthood is about:

A woman arrived for an appointment this week at the
Austin, Texas abortion center where a 40 Days for Life
vigil is being conducted. One of the pro-life sidewalk
counselors told her that if she was at this facility
for routine healthcare, there were other places she
could go — places that did not do abortions.

The young woman was stunned. “I had no idea my OB/GYN
did abortions,” she said. “I definitely do not want to
come back!”


18 posted on 02/20/2010 8:35:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Pinged from Terri Dailies


19 posted on 02/21/2010 11:37:55 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Want to get your Monday off to a great start?

Then here’s a praise report guaranteed to launch your
week in marvelous fashion!

Thus far during this 40 Days for life campaign ...

... 45 lives have already been saved from abortion!!!

Here are just a few of those miraculous stories:

* Louisville, Kentucky:

On the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign,
three mothers changed their minds!

Tammy in Louisville said the abortion center staffers
“were so mad they came out and started yelling at us.
We give all the glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

One woman had been given a coupon for a free
ultrasound at the pro-life pregnancy center across the
street. She went inside the abortion facility — but
only stayed five minutes before leaving and going to
the pro-life center, where she used that coupon.

“She saw the 4-D ultrasound and changed her mind,”
Tammy said. “What a blessing!”

* Reno, Nevada:

A young woman had scheduled an abortion appointment,
fully intending to go through with it. Carol Marie
said, “when she heard there were other options
available, she took the time to investigate for
herself and realized we were correct.”

The woman left the facility and returned later —
not for an abortion, but for a refund.

The staff saw her hugging prayer volunteers as she
was approaching the door, so they refused to let
her in. They made her wait in her car while they
processed her refund.

“Praise God that we had the opportunity to be there,”
said Carol Marie.

* Melbourne, Australia:

“We had a turnaround in Melbourne this morning while
we were praying,” said David.

He spoke to a couple who had arrived for an abortion
appointment, asking the young woman to think about
what abortion will do to her. “Already she has
another little boy. She said both were unplanned.”

They took a pamphlet with phone numbers of various
support agencies. “Let’s continue praying that this
young couple have the courage to continue with this
pregnancy,” David said.

* The Bronx, New York:

“We had our first confirmed turnaround of the Lenten
40 Days for Life,” said Brian.

Click here to see a photo of the 40 Days for Life
vigil in The Bronx:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=604

“The ability to actually see these first results of
the effort to save babies is an amazing experience.
The real impact, however, is impossible to know. It
is a bit overwhelming to think that just one little
word or one action, like handing out a flier with
information on abortion can have an impact that not
only touches the lives of that mother and child, but
makes a change that reverberates down the generations.”

Brian added that not only is this work life-changing,
but it truly changes all of humanity — “all because
of a little bundle of joy that is spared on a cold
February morning in the Bronx.”

Amen! Have a great week!


20 posted on 02/22/2010 9:33:39 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: wagglebee; Carpe Cerevisi; NYer; Faith; OpusatFR; TWfromTEXAS; kingattax
Mediation, February 22, 2010

Day 6 - February 22

 

Intention:

That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.

Scripture:

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

-- Luke 1:41-44

Reflection:

Jesus not only loves unborn children -- He was one himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, "She's expecting a child." Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there. As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother. Her gift is already there. The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child "on the way," but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.

Prayer:

Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem. As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life


21 posted on 02/22/2010 9:38:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Testimony from Florida!

Early Sunday morning, local coordinator Ernie Cyr
sent out an urgent message to 40 Days for Life
volunteers in Pensacola, Florida. He had just found
out that abortions were taking place at the city’s
only abortion facility. Yes, on the Lord’s day.

Ernie’s request for prayer volunteers at the 40 Days
for Life vigil was quickly answered.

It would soon become apparent that their prayers were
being answered as well.

A woman drove up and told the vigil participants,
“I called my sister and convinced her not to have
an abortion!”

It wasn’t easy — her sister was already inside the
building. The woman got on the phone and tried to
speak to her sister, but the abortion facility staff
refused to let her take the call.

Finally, the woman told the center’s staff it was an
emergency and she MUST speak to her sister URGENTLY.
The staff reluctantly permitted them to talk. The woman
explained to her sister that there were far better
options than ending the life of her unborn child.

She listened ... and called off the abortion.

The woman then went into the building, came out with
her sister and returned to the pro-life volunteers.

“When the young mother came out she looked dazed and
confused,” said Ernie, “like the weight of the world
was upon her shoulders.”

She was still very much in shock after almost aborting
her child. “It was so terrible in there,” she said.
“The noise in that place was awful.”

A counselor from a pro-life pregnancy center was able
to tell her about the free resources and free medical
services that would be available throughout her
pregnancy, as well as community services that can
assist her until her child is ready to start school.

Ernie asked if she was able to get her money back.
“She said she paid $525 for the abortion but they
would only give her back $300 or so, so I told her
that the pro-life community in Pensacola is absolutely
behind her.” He’s already started a collection.

“I told her all will be well because she just made a
life-giving decision,” he said. “God has put the
pro-life community in Pensacola behind this woman.
And we will not fail her!”

Fantastic report! But guess what? There’s more!

“There were six — yes, six — other mothers that
chose life for their babies,” Ernie said. “Praise
God! Women were absolutely fleeing the abortion
facility today!”

Ernie called it a “slam dunk miracle.”

“So come on out and pray in front of the abortion
facility every chance you get,” he said. “Jesus is
really, really using us to save lives!”


22 posted on 02/23/2010 8:04:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation -- February 23

Day 7 - February 23

 

Intention:

Pray that the abortionists and all workers in abortion facilities would be troubled in their souls regarding their work and would seek truth.

Scripture:

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

-- Ephesians 4:31-32

Reflection:

We see the evil and oppression in the world, the arrogance of those who mock God, the millions of innocent lives destroyed because of the greed of a few. Our flesh tells us that we should take justice in our own hands, but instead of vengeance, the Lord calls us to love our enemy, to forgive others as we have been forgiven.

God loves the abortionist and the Planned Parenthood advocate just as much as He loves you. It breaks His heart to see them in bondage to sin and He is giving you this opportunity to introduce them to the Savior who sets the captive free.

Though you may not experience direct interaction with these souls, your presence will not go unnoticed. Your non-verbal communications speak volumes about the God you serve.

Forgiveness is an act of obedience to God (Colossians 3:13). Forgiveness is not condoning or overlooking the wrong behavior of others, but rather it is freeing ourselves so that God can work mightily through us to touch their hearts for Him. Let's join our hearts with His in recognizing that those in the abortion industry are not the enemy, but rather they are blinded by the enemy. God desires that we bring them the message of truth and hope found in Christ, but the messengers He will use are those willing to forgive.

Prayer:

Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom. I pray that my life would reflect my redemption so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to You, and by your grace, I choose to forgive others as you have forgiven me. In the name of Christ my Redeemer I pray, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" talk show


23 posted on 02/23/2010 8:06:23 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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This is the Mediation for February 24 --somehow I got a day behind.

Day 8 - February 24

 

Intention:

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

Scripture:

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 womb?

-- Job 31:13-15

Reflection:

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 16-23).

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.

Prayer:

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.

Rev. Rob Schenck
President, Faith and Action, and National Clergy Council


24 posted on 02/25/2010 8:25:42 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Mediation -- February 35

Day 9 - February 25

 

Intention:

Pray that the post-abortive woman would be repentant, accept forgiveness, be healed and restored, and bring glory to God with her new life.

Scripture:

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

-- Psalm 32:5

Reflection:

Because abortion is legal in America, many have justified their choice. "If it's legal, it can't be wrong, right?" We now have an entire generation of men and women who have never known abortion to be illegal; a generation of people who have never been broken over their sin of abortion.

As a result, the consequences of unconfessed sin weigh on their souls, yet they have never connected the dots as to why their hearts are heavy. No wonder we have millions of women who are struggling with depression, addictions, eating disorders and more.

Post abortion syndrome is very real but recovery begins when the individual agrees with God as David confessed in Psalm 51:3-4, 14, "Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight - that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when you Judge. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation."

Brokenness is the key to accessing God's glorious mercy and healing. Christ came to heal the broken hearted and He is waiting with open arms to take the post-abortive woman on a glorious journey of healing and restoration if she will only run to Him.

God will not waste any sin we lay at His feet. Imagine millions of healed and restored post-abortive women like myself singing aloud of His righteousness and giving testimony of His love and forgiveness. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, you are our Healer. You have forgiven all my iniquities and removed my transgressions from me as far as the east is from the west. Guilt no longer has dominion in my life. Lord, we pray that post-abortive women across this nation will run to You to receive the gift of redemption and healing that comes from You only. In the name of our Savior we pray, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" talk show


25 posted on 02/25/2010 8:28:01 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Email for February 25 from David Beirut:


 
Do you know how important your presence in front of
an abortion center can be? Here are a few reports
from local 40 Days for Life campaigns that just begin
to tell the story.

One of the prayer volunteers in Houston, Texas says a
mom and her young son arrived to pray at their vigil
in front of Planned Parenthood. The woman had aborted
her first child at that very location.

She HAD to be there to pray, she said. "I can't help
but think that if some pro-lifers were here" when
she had the abortion, "maybe I wouldn't have gone
through it."

Those sentiments were echoed by BJ, who posted a
comment on the 40 Days for Life blog.

If only there had been someone praying outside Planned
Parenthood in her city, 19 years ago, "it would have
made all the difference in the world to me and my
boyfriend," she wrote. "I regret every day what
occurred in that cold winter morning."

Just BEING THERE can have a profound impact.

Joanne tells of a mom who brought her children to the
40 Days for Life vigil in Cranston, Rhode Island.
While they were praying, her son noticed a woman
sitting in a car in the parking lot. He looked in her
direction once, and then again.

The woman looked at him, and their eyes locked.

"The woman began sobbing," Joanne said. "Something
in her heart moved."

We pray that God's healing love will touch women
contemplating abortion -- and all whose lives have
been touched by past abortions. The suffering can
go on for years.

Dorothy, who left a note on the 40 Days for Life blog,
said she still thinks of the "horrific decision" she
made 26 years ago, when there was no one there to tell
her she could choose life for her child.

She had never healed from the pain of that abortion --
until recently.

"When I stood and prayed in front of Planned
Parenthood, I was flooded with emotion," she wrote.
"Holding the sign that 'women regret abortion'
empowered me, along with the wonderful people that
surrounded me in prayer."

Sadly, not all of the women who see her sign take heed.

"A young woman leaving Planned Parenthood looked away
in profound sadness after reading my sign," Dorothy
said, "and I thought, 'Dear God. Her life will never
be the same.' The impact on women is so understated."

Still, she said, thanks to you and all 40 Days for Life
participants, "I am now on the road to healing."

Please pray for all those who seek healing -- and
especially for those who would deny that abortion
leaves a lasting impact.




26 posted on 02/25/2010 8:30:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation -- February 25, 2010

Day 10 - February 26

 

Intention:

May those who hold life as trivial realize that we live because God wills it so.

Scripture:

Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

-- Job 12:9-10

Reflection:

Job was a man acquainted with grief, trials and tribulation. He had everything taken from him, including his family. He endured sickness, ridicule and judgment from his friends. Everyone gave him advice about his situation, questioning his spirituality and his God. Job's circumstances were bad but he never loses faith. Why? Because "the hand of the Lord has made all life." Created by God, he knows his life has meaning and purpose, regardless of the circumstances.

In our present culture, we've lost that basic truth; every life is made and allowed to live by God's sovereign authority. As people who pride ourselves on our independence, we have a hard time acknowledging our dependence on God. From our creation, when we were knit together in our mother's womb to our last breath, God's word is clear that "in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."

It's time for us as individuals, and as a society, to recognize that we exist by God's grace and turn back to Him, honoring His word and His teachings. Why? Because our world is full of Jobs, people who are dealing with trials and tribulations and hurting desperately. Job's response should be ours as well. Regardless of what we face (even an unplanned pregnancy) God in His wisdom and mercy will redeem it. How do I know? Job's friends who doubted God's sovereignty cry out to God asking for help, God instructs Job to pray for his friends and after he does, God restores all that Job had lost. In other words, because Job never lost faith and knew and trusted His Creator, the Lord blessed Job.

Prayer:

Thank you Father God for being the Creator of my life and every life. Please give me, and the society in which I live, an appreciation for your gift of life. Please help us set aside our pride and acknowledge that we need you. Show me how I can honor you today in response to all the blessings you bestow so freely. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Georgette Forney
President, Anglicans for Life


27 posted on 02/26/2010 8:03:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation -- February 27, 2010

Day 11 - February 27

 

Intention:

Pray that people of faith will have their strength renewed even in the face of the violence of abortion.

Scripture:

The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

--Lamentations 3:22-26

Reflection:

The Book of Lamentations, a short book of only five chapters, contains some of the most poignant expressions of human grief. These verses are used in many Churches on Good Friday, since they can be seen to express a prophecy of the suffering of the Lord and the lamentation of his followers on that dark day.

But in the midst of his grief, Jeremiah writes the verses quoted above. "The favors of the Lord are not exhausted." It is a call to hope that no matter how much violence there is, life will prevail in the end.

Why does he say, however, that God's mercies are renewed each morning?

Because early in the morning, on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb -- and they found that the events of that morning changed everything.

Christ's victory over death came in the morning, and therefore each day we can renew our confidence that life has the final victory.

Prayer:

Lord, look kindly on your people who weep and mourn amidst the vast devastation that abortion has brought upon our land. We cannot even count the children killed, and the mothers and fathers wounded.

We cannot measure the devastation and corruption abortion has brought upon the very fabric of our society. But we declare today that your favors have not been exhausted, your mercies have not been spent. They are renewed each morning.

Give us new strength today in the resurrection of Christ your Son, that we may bear effective witness to the victory of life! In His name we pray, amen.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and President, National Pro-life Religious Council


28 posted on 02/27/2010 8:25:07 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation, February 28. 2010

Day 12 - February 28

 

Intention:

Pray to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, to end abortion in America.

Scripture:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

-- Ephesians 3:20-21

Reflection:

God's power working in and through His people is unlimited and far beyond our comprehension when we submit to God's Word and Spirit. He receives glory when we are obedient to His calling and faithfully serve Him in His strength.

Consider God's hand of providence on this nation because of the faithfulness of a few who were totally committed to God and His truths. It is interesting to note the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: "Yours is the one great nation in all history which was founded on the precept of equal rights and respect for all humankind, for the poorest and weakest of us as well as the richest and strongest."

Mother Teresa, in addressing the Supreme Court of the United States said, "Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world. Your nation was founded on the proposition very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect."

It is time to restore that dignity and respect. Our God is able. Are we willing to remain faithful until His work through us is done?

Prayer:

God Almighty, Who is powerful and willing to supply, our hearts cry in unison for You to restore dignity and respect to human life, not only in America, but around the world. Lord, may our hearts remain faithful to your calling, and may You begin Your transforming work with me. Keep me ever mindful that with You Lord, nothing is impossible; without You, I can do nothing. To You be glory forever and ever, Amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" Talk Show


29 posted on 02/28/2010 8:37:20 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today’s email:

Two volunteers stood in the rain and prayed at a
40 Days for Life vigil last week as a young man
drove up, got out of his car with the engine still
running, and walked over to talk to them

“I just wanted to thank you for being here,” he said.
“I know you know what kind of a place this is,” he
said, pointing towards the abortion facility. “Can I
tell you a story about it?”

The prayer volunteers nodded yes, and the young man
began to pour out his heart.

He said a couple of weeks ago, his wife was not at
home and he had no idea where she was — until he got
a phone call from the hospital. “My wife had been
admitted because she was having seizures,” he said.

At the hospital, he found out his wife was pregnant.
It would be a struggle with two young children already,
he said, but they’d work it out.

As he spent more time at the hospital, it began to
dawn on this young man that no one was telling him
the whole truth. He realized something was seriously
amiss when his wife told him she’d left her car at an
abortion facility.

He thinks she went there for a chemical abortion —
the abortion pill. She began to have seizures and was
taken to the hospital.

His wife insisted she was still pregnant, but he
simply didn’t know for sure.

“I haven’t stopped crying in over two weeks,” he said.
“What kind of place is this that would do this to a
married woman without telling her husband, the father
of the baby?”

“We asked if we could pray for him,” said one of the
prayer team members. “As we prayed, the young man began
to cry again. Just imagine how he felt — betrayed,
helpless. We assured him that he will get through this
trial and that God loves him.”

Vigil participants hugged him, and he thanked them for
being there on this rainy day. “Please keep being here,”
he said, and then returned to his car and drove away.

“While we did not save a baby from an abortion,” said
the volunteer, “we brought Christ to a hurting father.”

Please pray for this young man, who fears he may have
lost his child to abortion. Please pray as well for
his wife and for his family. Please pray that those
who are deceived by the abortion industry will be
awakened to the truth of God’s love — and the
awareness that all things are possible with God.

“And, if you are willing,” the vigil participant said,
“please consider joining us as we keep vigil for these
40 Days for Life.”


30 posted on 02/28/2010 8:38:41 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 13 - March 1

 

Intention:

We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.

Scripture:

But the Lord said "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

-- Jonah 4:10-11

Reflection:

God doesn't value people and things like we do. Jonah loved a shade tree more than an entire city of sinful people. We love our dogs more than a terrorist. We love our cars more than a beggar on the side of the road. And sometimes, we love our money more than a child growing in a desperate teenager's womb.

But God isn't like us. Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the capstone of God's creation. We were created on the sixth day after God had completed the land, the stars, the plants and the animals. Therefore, His love for us is greater than His love for a plant, an animal, or any other created thing. And the book of Jonah tells us that He loves even the most sinful people and seeks to bring them into His merciful arms. And it's a love that seeks to touch all of his created children: that desperate teenager, the baby growing in her womb, even tyrants and terrorists. So it's up to us to imitate God's merciful love by helping and praying for those who persecute us, and those who don't love us back.

Prayer:

Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dennis DiMauro
Lutherans for Life representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council


31 posted on 03/01/2010 8:55:17 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From today’s email:

Whenever talking about babies saved from abortion
through God’s mercy and the prayers of 40 Days for Life
participants, I usually add the words “that we know
of.” After all, we really don’t know how many lives
have been spared in ways that only God will ever know.
We just have to trust Him!

With that in mind, I can tell you that thus far in
this 40 Days for Life campaign ...

... 107 babies have been saved from abortion ...

... that we know of!

We don’t know, for instance, how many abortions were
prevented because the abortion facility was closed
one day last week in Overland Park, Kansas.

“The place was empty,” said Valerie. Apparently,
heating and plumbing problems kept the doors shut
all day. “Praise God for allowing women to have
another chance to think about what they are doing.”

Most of the time, we don’t know how many women change
their minds — and simply don’t show up for their
abortion appointment.

We do, however, know of at least one.

Judy in La Puente, California said a young man
walked up to 40 Days for Life vigil participants to
thank them for being there.

“Because he had seen us outside praying, he had the
courage to convince his girlfriend not to have an
abortion,” she said. “You just never know how many
others never get to the abortion site because of our
presence. Praise God!”

That may be happening in other cities as well. Mary
in Everett, Washington noted that last Monday, the
abortion facility “wasn’t as busy as I remember on
Mondays during the last campaign.”

It’s great news whenever business decreases at the
abortion center!


32 posted on 03/01/2010 8:59:27 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation -- March 2, 2010

Day 14 - March 2

 

Intention:

Pray that we will have faith to realize that even now our Lord can bring an end to abortion.

Scripture:

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."

-- John 11:17-22

Reflection:

Martha was right. Jesus is Lord of life and death. She knew that, which is why she was able to make this statement, yet at the same time she had to wrestle with the fact that Lazarus died anyway. Jesus indeed is Lord over life and death, but here the power of death was still displayed right in front of her.

Yet in this clash between the conviction of faith and the evidence of human experience, Martha allowed hope to shine through. "Even now, God will give you whatever you ask." Even now. Those words show the power of hope, born of faith. Even now, when death has already done its work, life can be victorious.

Even now, when the last word seems to have been spoken, we can hope that a word will be spoken again to restore life. Even now, when Lazarus has already been laid in the tomb and it seems impossible to do anything about it, things can change. And things did change. The Lord raised Lazarus from the dead.

We live in a society where many believe the abortion issue has been settled, and its practice so deeply ingrained in our policies and attitudes that it is unrealistic to think we can stop it. Yet we are the people who say to Jesus, "Even now..."

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, even now, you are master of life and death. I come before you as Martha did after Lazarus has died. I come before you after countless brothers and sisters of mine have died from abortion. And I pray to you: even now, you can stop the forces of death. Even now, you can bring us into a culture of life. Come, Lord Jesus. Speak your word yet again, and free our nation from the shackles of death. Amen.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and President, National Pro-life Religious Council


33 posted on 03/02/2010 8:25:25 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From today's email:
 
Three prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil
in Roanoke, Virginia talked to a young mom who was
obviously well along in her pregnancy. She was
unmarried and poor and had four small children.

"We prayed with her and asked her to give her baby
life," said one of the vigil participants. "Let us
have the baby, we said, and we would find a home."

The young mother cried and allowed the three to hug
her. And then she walked into the abortion center.

"I can't get her off my mind," the volunteer said.
"She held on so tightly to me. I don't know what she
will ultimately decide. Please, please keep up your
prayers and sacrifices."
 
----snip
 
Please remember that this is spiritual warfare. And
sometimes when you watch carefully, you start to
observe subtle changes.

"When there are large groups of people in prayer being
led by members of the clergy, it really seems to
affect the Planned Parenthood escorts and workers,"
said one of the 40 Days for Life leadership team
members in Houston, Texas.

She said the Planned Parenthood staff can become very
agitated and appear nervous. A few even back off from
escorting their clients and allow sidewalk counselors
to hand out literature without interference.

"Oh, if we could see the spiritual warfare that must
be going on!" she said.

Nikki in Pittsburgh sees a similar impact. "What a
difference prayer makes," she said.

She said that during the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil,
what is normally a very busy, noisy sidewalk was
covered in the peaceful presence of God.
 
"It even seemed that the noise of the buses were
muffled, drowned out by the prayers of the people. It
was so powerful," she said.

For some reason, more young women were willing to take
her informational brochures. More people were willing
to talk to her. More girls were willing to take
brochures into the clinic than usual. More people
were receptive to talking to her, including one
teenage couple.

This couple, however, continued on their way into the
clinic. "But I believe came back out after only a few
minutes. I didn't get to talk to them," Nikki said,
"but I hope and pray that they changed their minds."

"Please know that we are planting seeds," said Linda,
one of the local 40 Days for Life coordinators in
Canton, Ohio. "We are visible signs of Christ; and
with God guiding us we are making a difference."


34 posted on 03/02/2010 8:29:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation -- March 3, 2010

Day 15 - March 3

 

Intention:

Pray that we will not become defeated by the enemy's attacks but rather call on the name of the Lord who is on our side and our help in time of trouble.

Scripture:

What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

-- Psalm 124:2,3,6,8

Reflection:

The enemy attacks in many ways, but one of his favorites is to slander us with hopes of tarnishing our reputation and character, and ultimately to defeat our good work for the Lord. It is interesting to note however that it is usually not the slander that causes harm to our testimony, but our response to the slander. Proverbs 24:10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small."

So if we are applying God's truths to our lives moment by moment, we are not swayed by the lies of the enemy and we will be strong.

Standing on the front lines, armed with God's truth, places you in the battlefield for the mind. As you are prepared to present words of love, for the sake of the unborn and for the distraught and confused women and men who are entering the abortion facilities, know that the enemy has prepared his forces to attack your mind.

Unkind words from a protester, or vicious lies in the local paper about who you are and what your mission is, can indeed be hurtful. But rather than give in to defeat, that is the time to shine for the Lord, standing firm, as you call on Him to defeat the enemy.

Remember the words of Romans 8:31, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Let's stand strong for those who need us most.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help us to ignore the verbal attacks of the enemy and instead turn to You, our refuge and strength. Help us to find shelter in the blessed promises and provisions of Your Word. Thank you that no enemy can defeat us, and we praise You knowing that nothing can separate us from Your love. In the name of Jesus, we come to You, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" Talk Show


35 posted on 03/04/2010 12:08:20 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 16 - March 4

 

Intention:

May the mystery of the Incarnation increase our zeal for defending life.

Scripture:

Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

-- Luke 1:30-33

Reflection:

"God has assumed Humanity, joining it with Divinity, and kindled in men's hearts new love of me." These words were written by a Roman poet in the Fourth Century. He spent his life finding ways to express the greatest mystery of the world: the incarnation, in which God became man.

Often the womb has been referred to as the "first home of the whole human race." It is the place where life begins, where our stories start. In the womb the great men and women of history began their magnificent march through life. In the womb Divinity met humanity, and God the Son was born into the world. As one of the Fathers of the early church, St. Leo the Great, declared, "Within her spotless womb Wisdom built itself a house and the Word became flesh."

Recently, I was at the hospital for the birth of my fourth grandchild. Looking through the nursery window at the rows of newly born babies, I began to think of the great stories that would be written about these tiny lives. During his visitation with the Virgin Mary, the angel prophesied to Mary about the life of her child. Here in this hospital, I pondered, what would he say about each of these? Would they meet the one who also came from His mother's womb to redeem the world and kindle our hearts afresh for God? I thanked God for each baby alive and prayed for each story yet to be written.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world. We ask this in the Name of the one who came forth, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Randolph Sly
National Pro-life Religious Council


36 posted on 03/04/2010 9:11:45 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Good media and false media reports about 40 Days for Life. And another baby saved!

I had to smile when I read a California blogger’s post
that described 40 Days for Life as a “babies-saving,
moms-helping, ‘round-the-clock prayer-and-fasting-
outside-abortion-businesses effort that’s been saving
thousands of babies’ lives.”

I really loved that breath of fresh air! Far too
often lately, I’ve see strings of other adjectives
connected to 40 Days for Life that are — to put it
mildly — inaccurate.

Just this week, I saw 40 Days for Life described as
“a nasty campaign of anti-women harassers” who “get
their jollies at this time of the year by swarming
women’s reproductive health centers and abortion
clinics for 40 days.”

Really?

Unfortunately, others can often be taken in by these
inaccurate representations. One 40 Days for Life vigil
participant saw first hand how such misstatements can
have an impact.

A young woman drove up to the abortion center and sat
in her car. She seemed to be waiting for someone.
Finally, the person she was waiting for arrived —
a policeman. The woman wanted to be escorted into the
building because people were outside praying.

A 40 Days for Life vigil participant said the officer
was aware that “there had never been any complaints
about us and how we conduct ourselves.” But he also
didn’t seem to understand why people were praying.

The volunteer saw an opportunity to do a bit of
educating, and explained that two dozen lawsuits were
pending against the abortion center and there had been
reports of three abortion-related deaths. “He didn’t
know any of that.”

The officer said, “The woman was scared to get out of
the car with you here.” The volunteer responded, “She
should have been scared to go inside.”

Other people have fallen for the common “pro-choice”
mantra that a woman’s abortion decision should be
“honored and respected.”

A 40 Days for Life participant in Lake County, Indiana
was shocked to see a pro-life bumper sticker on a car
in the parking lot at Planned Parenthood. The driver
explained that she didn’t like abortion, but it was
her friend’s choice to have one.

She was told that such an argument wouldn’t wash if
her friend were to rob a bank; the driver of the
getaway car is considered an accomplice.

With that, the woman went inside the building to tell
her friend she was about to make a terrible mistake.

It wasn’t easy. Voices were raised. It was quite
emotional. At one point, the driver came out crying,
saying she had failed.

But the vigil participants encouraged her to try
again. They kept praying and “decided to let the
Holy Spirit work.”

The driver went back into the abortion center.

Later, her friend came out in tears, saying she had
changed her mind: “I couldn’t do it.”

Thank you for your faithfulness and your commitment.
And thank you, Holy Spirit!


37 posted on 03/04/2010 9:16:35 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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March 5, 2010

Day 17 - March 5

 

Intention:

Pray that we choose to trust God to bring an end to abortion soon, no matter how impossible that may seem to others.

Scripture:

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know."

-- Ezekiel 37:1-3

Reflection:

You and I are standing in a world today over a field of dry bones: those who have been killed by abortion, those who have been killed by so many other things attacking the dignity of human life. And God has placed us here; we find ourselves here in the midst of this incredible tragedy. Like Ezekiel, you and I are in a dilemma because God says to us: "Speak and proclaim the Word of Life. Keep doing it. Let nothing deter you."

People can say, "This is humanly foolish, humanly impossible. How can we transform the world from the path of death that it's on?" Yet we choose to do the "foolish" thing rather than the dangerous thing.

If you ever doubt that we can bring an end to this culture of death, this destruction of the family, this destruction of life by abortion, if you ever think for a moment that it's impossible, then ask yourself this: Can a man who has been scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed hands and feet to a cross, pierced with a lance, has died and been buried; can such a man ever live again?

Prayer:

Lord, I thank you for giving me the holy dilemma of having to choose between the foolish thing or the dangerous thing. Yet for me the solution is clear. Lord, I will obey you, even if it means aiming for a goal which, in the eyes of others, seems foolish. I will obey you, and will hope for the end of abortion soon, no matter how impossible that may seem to others. I dare not mistrust you; I dare not doubt your power; I dare not fail to follow your call. In you, who raise the dead, all hope comes alive. Amen.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and President, National Pro-life Religious Council


38 posted on 03/05/2010 8:42:14 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Wow! Ultrasound successes!

Last week, we reported on a young mother in Louisville,
Kentucky who chose life for her baby after redeeming a
coupon for a free ultrasound. That story struck a chord
with the 40 Days for Life team in Southfield, Michigan.

The Southfield team tried the same idea ...

... and it worked!

Howard, one of the prayer volunteers, showed his “free
ultrasound” coupon to women who were approaching the
abortion facility. One woman took the coupon — she
seemed quite excited to get it — but then walked into
the building.

She came out ten minutes later — and told the
volunteers that while she was inside the abortion
center, she had called the pro-life pregnancy resource
center to ask about the free ultrasound.

They left the abortion facility immediately. “We did
the ultrasound and had everyone crying tears of joy,”
said Mike, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in
Southfield. “The baby’ mother was so overjoyed to
see her baby. Praise God!”

A verbal offer of a free ultrasound is certainly good;
it appears, though, that the “free coupon” idea makes
it seem more real. And besides, everybody likes to get
a good deal with a coupon!

Ultrasound also helped save a life in Bakersfield,
California. Of course, the prayer vigil in front of
the abortion center had a lot to do with it as well.

40 Days for Life volunteers spoke to a 17-year-old and
her mother as they arrived for the teen’s abortion
appointment. The girl said she was the youngest of
five children and she did not want to disappoint her
father.

Tim in Bakersfield said both the girl and her mother
seemed to have very hard hearts. Although they
listened for several minutes, “they seemed to have
no change in their attitude.” But when they were about
to walk into the building, someone approached the girl
and said, “Don’t be afraid — trust in God.”

When she heard this, tears began rolling down her
cheeks. But her mother remained firm.

So the prayer team quickly made arrangements for an
ultrasound. As the girl’s mother watched the perfectly
formed body of her grandchild on the ultrasound screen,
“she began to cry,” Tim said. “The baby’s tiny feet
and hands were clearly visible on the screen, and the
baby even waved at his mother and grandmother!”

Did the baby wave? See for yourself!

Click here to see a video of the actual ultrasound:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=699

This is most definitely the image of a very young
human being. And that fact was immediately evident to
both mother and grandmother.

Please pray that more pro-life centers will have
greater access to this amazing, life-saving technology!


39 posted on 03/05/2010 8:45:40 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 18 - March 6

 

Intention:

May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.

Scripture:

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:

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.

Prayer:

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.

Fr. Terry Gensemer
National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life


40 posted on 03/06/2010 9:37:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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This from today’s email”

Now that we’re a bit more than two weeks into this
40 Days for Life campaign, we’re hearing reports of
abortion center workers and supporters getting
a bit testy in response to the prayer vigils.

In Reno, Nevada, police are investigating after a car
veered off the road and flattened two large signs that
had been placed in the public right-of-way across from
the abortion facility. The signs were part of a display
featuring the message “abortion stops a beating heart.”

According to witnesses, the driver of the car was the
abortionist whose business is the focus of the Reno
40 Days for Life campaign.

In Augusta, Maine, an after-hours graffiti artist took
a can of spray paint to the signs used by the 40 Days
for Life team.

I’m not sure what anyone hoped to accomplish by such
vandalism, but the prank has backfired. It’s actually
generating positive media attention for the campaign.

Janet in Augusta said a local sign maker was already
working on materials he’s donating to the effort, so
those will be most welcome when they’re finished.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, there were so many teens
from a local church youth group praying at the
40 Days for Life vigil that five cars headed towards
the abortion center turned around and left without
ever stopping.

That infuriated the abortionist.

“He came outside with his armed guard and began to tell
the sidewalk counselor and teens that they should not
be there, that they will be responsible for forcing
girls into back-alley abortions again,” said Mary in
Little Rock.

“The guard was later spewing profanities at the youth,”
she said. “We are getting the abortionist where it
really hurts — his income.”

In Fayetteville, Arkansas, William Harrison — the
abortionist who had said praying for an end to abortion
is “silly” — now has a huge sign outside his building:

“365 days of prayer for safe and legal abortion.”

And yes, you can click here to see the picture:

“Never has he ever had the word ‘abortion’ visible on
his property. He has often bragged about no one
knowing what he is doing,” said Debbie in Fayetteville.
“Now they’ll all know what he is doing.”

Also in Fayetteville, the counter-protester with the
Mohawk hair style who had promised to be out often with
his “I love abortion” sign hasn’t been seen lately.

Another counter-protester surfaces occasionally in
Atlanta, Georgia. But Kateri in Atlanta said that’s a
good sign, as 40 Days for Life “is beginning to be
more and more noticed and felt in the community.”

Kateri said the police are out almost every day,
probably at the invitation of the abortion center.
Of course, the only thing they have to “investigate”
is a peaceful prayer vigil.

“That is also a sign that the facility is taking
notice of and feeling effects from our efforts,” she
said. “We pray this trend ends in the complete change
of heart for all who work there and an end to abortion
in the place.”

So please keep praying!


41 posted on 03/06/2010 9:38:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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March 7, 2010

Day 19 - March 7

 

Intention:

Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times of Whom we represent.

Scripture:

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

Reflection:

When Carol Everett, a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she said, "It was unconditional love," shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the abortion clinic where she worked.

He told Carol that "God had sent him" because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ's ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to "get out" of their bondage and sin. What a high calling it is -- much higher than any presidential appointment to another country.

In his book, Fishers of Men, Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Christ, the King of Kings:

  • God has chosen us (John 15:16)
  • We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)
  • Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)
  • We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)
  • Know our purpose -- to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)
  • We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Do not let kindness and truth leave you (Proverbs 3:3-4)
  • Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)
Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!

Prayer:

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 onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, amen.

Carmen Pate Co-host, "Point of View" Talk Show


42 posted on 03/07/2010 4:02:47 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From today’s email:

Stacy took part in the 40 Days for Life vigil recently
in Jackson, Mississippi. It was the first time she had
ever gone to pray at an abortion center. “I arrived
not knowing what to expect,” she said. “I’m so glad
I went.”

She met some wonderful people whom she joined in
prayer. But she also had a passerby curse at her. And
a while later, a young couple and their friend entered
the building, yelling that they would call the police
because they were being harassed. “But I hung in there
anyway,” she said.

Stacy completed her prayer time, but felt led to stay
a little longer.

A short time later, this same couple and their friend
left the building — the ones who’d threatened to call
the police.

But they had taken on a different attitude.

“She changed her mind! They seemed so relieved. It was
amazing how all three seemed so happy about the
decision,” Stacy said.

“It was unbelievable. Praise God!”

The prayer team them met a woman who was pregnant with
twins. “She already had three kids and was scared
to death. After we talked and prayed with her she
seemed broken and said she would think about it.”
Stacy said she’s confident this woman will make the
right decision — but we need to pray for her!

“I’m so glad I was able to see for myself what God
can do through those who will reach out,” she said.
“I know from this experience I am forever changed.
These women, in deciding to make the right choice,
have changed their lives in spectacular ways — but
they also have changed mine.”

Anita in Arizona didn’t see such amazing results in
her prayer time at the 40 Days for Life vigil. But
that’s all right. Sometimes you see it. Sometimes you
don’t. God reveals His plan differently to each of us.

“I was doing my usual daily routine of getting my son
to school,” she said. Then she glanced at the clock.
“We were way ahead of schedule.”

A still, small voice told her, “Go and pray at Planned
Parenthood.” So she did. “God has given me extra time
to pray today. I knelt down in the dirt and I prayed
for 20 minutes.”

Only God knows who may have been touched by those
prayers. “Maybe there was a woman waiting for the
center to open, and then changed her mind. I do not
know,” Anita said. “What I do know is that we are
called to be faithful, not successful. We are to
listen and obey and leave the successful part up
to God.”

Anita said she may never see the fruit of those
20 minutes of prayers, “but I know our loving God
can use that tiny bit of time and those few little
prayers to move evil and blindness out of the way.
Let’s keep praying!”


43 posted on 03/07/2010 4:04:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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March 8, 2010

Day 20 - March 8

 

Intention:

We pray for humility in our work for God's Kingdom.

Scripture:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

-- Philippians 2:5-8

Reflection:

There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we don't care who gets the credit.

Jesus Christ's life on earth exemplifies a total submission to the will of the Father. His humility, compassion, gentleness and thoughtfulness are reflected over and over again in the New Testament. He was God incarnate, yet He chose to be born to a humble, working class home.

How absurd it must have seemed to the rich and powerful that the Son of God, the Messiah, the one foretold by the prophets, the 'King of the Jews' was born and raised as a simple peasant.

During His thirty-three years on earth, He sought no riches, claimed no secular power and gathered no possessions. Yet, His short time on earth changed more lives, softened more hearts, and gave hope to more people, than all the rich and powerful human 'kings' combined. And, at the end of His life on earth, by dying on the cross, He opened the door to eternal life for those who heed his words and follow in his footsteps.

Prayer:

O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us humbly and diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose lives are threatened. Let us remember the old adage that "He can never lead who has not first learned to obey." And, Lord, grant us a peaceful heart as we labor in your name. Amen.

Ernest Ohlhoff
Outreach Director, National Right to Life


44 posted on 03/08/2010 4:01:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From today's email -- halfway point. Have you prayed yet?

I still think it's a miracle any time 40 Days for
Life prayer vigil participants are blessed with the
knowledge that a mother has changed her mind about
aborting a child.

And today, as we reach the halfway point of this
campaign -- it's already happened ...

... 209 times that we know of!

That's 102 more lives spared -- over THE LAST WEEK.

Here are just a few of those miracles:

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: A woman and her daughter spent
about an hour in the parking lot at the abortion
center, entering and leaving the business several
times. Finally, they drove out of the lot. The young
woman rolled down her window and said, "I am not going
to have an abortion."

"We were there at the critical time," said Trudy in
Jacksonville. "We were there at the entrance of the
driveway, offering her hope in her desperate situation.

She saw strangers praying for her; she saw signs that
gave her options; she experienced the ultimate,
unconditional love from people whom she may never see
again in this world. And her miraculous decision gave
us peace and joy this world can not give!"

YAKIMA, WASHINGTON: A 40 Days for Life participant
described his boss as "a good Christian man," so it
shocked him when his boss said his 16-year-old
daughter was pregnant and planning to have an abortion.
So, the man just prayed harder.

Two weeks later, his boss returned to say that when
his daughter went to Planned Parenthood for her
abortion, prayer volunteers convinced her not to go
through with it. She went to a pro-life resource
center instead.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA: Beth in Phoenix reports at least
eleven babies have been spared from abortion during
this 40 Days for Life campaign. "I praise God for
our prayer warriors and gifted sidewalk counselors,"
she said.

In addition, two volunteer escorts at the Phoenix
abortion center have quit! One of them shared her
gratitude for the vigil participants' presence.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA: One of the prayer volunteers
spoke with two women in their vehicle outside the
abortion center. He handed one of them a brochure
about abortion alternatives and what abortion does
to women. 

"Two hours later the women drove past us, giving us
the thumbs up and pointing that she kept her baby,"
said Ernie in Pensacola. "What would have happened if
the prayer vigil participant had not been there to
hand these women this information?"

____
 
I also have news on how 40 Days for Life is gathering
momentum in Australia. The team in Brisbane, which is
conducting its second 40 Days for Life campaign,
recently had a great opportunity to spread the word
about this life-saving ministry.

Daniel, who serves as Brisbane's media and
communications coordinator, was interviewed on the
Vision Radio Network, a nationwide Christian
broadcaster in Australia.

____
 
How many more lives will be saved this week, thanks
to your prayers and faithfulness.

45 posted on 03/08/2010 4:07:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I’m truly moved to think of all the people who have been working and praying for Life since 1973. They are heroes.


46 posted on 03/08/2010 4:11:55 PM PST by married21
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Holy God,

Though societies and cultures change, You are our God Who never changes. You are the same-—yesterday, today, and forever. Your Word directs us to choose life and choose it abundantly. Your Son, Jesus Christ, is Love Incarnate. We ask You to place that special love of Jesus in the heart of every woman with child so that each growing baby may be protected, nurtured, and birthed as You have willed. In His Holy Name we pray. Amen.


47 posted on 03/08/2010 4:44:57 PM PST by Faith
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To: Faith

Thank you for this beautiful prayer.


48 posted on 03/08/2010 8:41:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: married21

**They are heroes.**

Indeed they are!


49 posted on 03/08/2010 8:42:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thanks for the ping. BTTT!

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