Monday, October 1, 2012

40 Days for Life Continues!!

"We always like to start Monday mornings with good news
... and on the first Monday of this campaign, there's
actually GREAT news!

So far since last Wednesday when the campaign started,
we have reports of ...

... 51 babies saved ...

... that we know of!

Here are just a few of the stories of God's blessings.


A woman driving out of the abortion facility's parking
lot stopped at the sidewalk and rolled down her window
and called out to the prayer volunteers. They were too
far away to understand what she was saying, so one of
the volunteers moved closer to see what message she
wanted to share.

She said she'd been forced to come schedule an abortion
-- although she never explained exactly what she meant,
or who was pressuring her. But when she arrived to make
the arrangements, she saw 40 Days for Life volunteers
in prayer -- and that made her realize she could not go
through with the abortion.

"She very proudly proclaimed that she was now going to
have the baby," the volunteer said, "and once again
thanked me for being out there praying for her. What
a beautiful start to our 40 Days for Life!"


Two volunteers were praying while Yassin handed out
information outside the abortion center. One young
woman took the information, but simply walked inside.

On her way out, however, Yassin had a second chance
to talk to her. "This time I gave her a fetal model
and I asked her what was going on."

She said she has a job but no health insurance, and
that having a baby would be expensive.

Yassin told her there were ways around financial
hardship -- there were pro-life clinics that could
provide free medical care, and other social services
that would help her and her baby.

"She said that she changed her mind," Yassin said.
"She went back inside and got her money back! Thank
you, Jesus!"


Karen watched as a car stopped at the driveway as it
was leaving the abortion facility. She noticed there
were three women inside.

She went to see what was happening ... knowing that
they had not been inside long enough for an abortion
to have taken place.

A woman in the front seat glanced at a companion in
the back seat and said, "She did not have the abortion.
She was afraid to go through with the procedure."

Karen's reaction? "Thank you, Lord!"


A couple from out of town parked down the street from
the abortion center and got out of their car. Their path
to the facility’s door took them right past the prayer
volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil.

The couple never made it inside.

After discussing their situation with the volunteers,
the young man and woman decided that they would keep
their baby ... and that they would get married soon.
They also set up an appointment the following day at
a pro-life clinic.

Said Eileen in Beaumont, "Praise Jesus for this miracle!"

Here's today's devotional from Rev. Paul Stallsworth,
president of Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)...


That knowing the shortness of life, all may value it
more deeply.


Remember your Creator before the silver cord is
loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher
shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the
well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it
was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

-- Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

REFLECTION by Rev. Paul Stallsworth, Lifewatch

God is giver of all life. Short lived or long lived,
human lives are lived out in this world. The
metaphors for death are many. But their meaning is
clear and singular: all will die. Even so, death is
not the absolute end. It is not the end of the story.
For as certainly as God gave life, at death the life
or spirit that God gave returns to God.

By God, we are created. For God, we live our given
days. To God, we return at the end of our earthly
days. And with God, we live through eternity.
Clearly, all along the way, this gracious, loving God
is with us. No human life is random or alone. No
human life was created without purpose. Not one human
life is without destiny.

All human lives, acknowledged or not, are related to
God -- from beginning, to end, throughout eternity.
Therefore, in this world, all human lives are to be
respected and protected, for their lives are signs of
God's sovereignty.


O God, we too often try to live in ways that ignore
our coming death. We forget that our days are
numbered by You, that at the end of our days your
judgment awaits, that You are the Lord of our

Help us to repent daily, and then to live each day in
joyful obedience. Lead us to live in the light and
promise of eternity. Prepare us to live fully and
sacrificially. Prepare us to die faithfully and
hopefully, so that we might live forever with You.
Through Jesus Christ, who has gone before us, we
trust and hope and love and pray, Amen.


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


For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

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