Tomorrow the number 5 and number 8 teams in college football meet for a huge showdown in Jacksonville, Florida: the Florida-Georgia game.
A few hours ago, I spoke at a fundraising banquet for a pregnancy resource center here in Jacksonville, after visiting the local 40 Days for Life campaign that has mobilized 1,500 people.
At the banquet, I shared the platform with Pam Tebow, mother of Florida quarterback — and winner of last year’s Heisman trophy as the best player in college football — Tim Tebow.
She shared her amazing testimony about how doctors had actually advised her to abort Tim when she was pregnant with him…
…And why she refused.
She also shared how ESPN broadcast their amazing pro-life testimony around the world, saving other lives.
After the dinner, Pam and her husband Bob sat down with me to record a short audio clip to share their story and to encourage YOU to persevere in your 40 Days for Life efforts.
I think you’ll be blessed by this seven-minute audio…
David & Margaret Bereit with Pam & Bob Tebow
Listen to the Audio Online (click “Play” button to start audio):
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Today’s devotional calls us to become vessels of hope. It is indeed hope that you are bringing to the abortion centers.
Women who are on the brink of abortion see no hope, unless you’re there to bring them hope: hope in God, and hope in the form of better options for themselves and their children.
Christ warned of those who would call good evil, and call evil good.
We saw that firsthand in some pictures Bob sent from an abortion center in Michigan. The clinic staff posted four large message boards in the building’s windows — three panels were an open letter to “persons of faith” and the fourth was titled “a blessing.”
Here’s the picture:
Letter from abortion facility staff
The letter began, “We forgive you for your infringement into what is a deeply personal and difficult time in our lives… We forgive you for your lack of understanding, your blind assumptions and your lack of faith in us.”
The whole point of the letter is to make 40 Days for Life vigil participants question why they stand outside and pray, attempting to create confusion about the very clear difference between right and wrong that is central to the effort to end abortion.
The letter continued with a rehash of worn-out abortion rhetoric. It suggests that in addition to praying for an end to abortion, vigil participants should “pray for universal health care, a living wage and affordable child care,” as if any perceived lack of support in those areas offers justification for terminating the life of innocent unborn children.
In short, this set of posters was an abortion movement manifesto, suggesting that we have no right to stand up — as Christ commanded us — in defense of the least of our brothers and sisters.
“We are honoring our selves, our partners, our families and our pregnancies with a wise decision,” the letter stated.
That’s enough to turn your stomach or rip your heart — or both. Sin honors no one.
What was truly reprehensible was the final poster, the “blessing,” which begins, “Let us be blessed as we go forth. Choices have been made in some of the hardest moments of our lives. May we leave this place free from guilt and ready to live with conviction and clarity of purpose.” It ends, in classic prayer style, with the single word, “Amen.”
I prefer to think of this ploy as a desperation measure by an abortion industry that knows its time is running out.
That feeling is echoed in a message I received from Marti in Little Rock.
“I cannot really describe the sense of relief I felt when I arrived at 7:45 Saturday morning and found an empty parking lot,” she wrote. The abortion center was closed.
“I just stood at the entryway of their lot and praised God and claimed that someday this lot will always be empty. I was standing there with the perfect vision of what we are praying for — days upon days where no babies have to die in this place.”
To that, we can truly say, “Amen!”
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-life Religious Council…
DAY 38 INTENTION:
Pray that we become vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
– Luke 24:1-5
REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone:
This meditation, based on a sermon I once heard, is adapted for pro-life concerns.
It’s Friday. Jesus is on the cross. He has been killed by his enemies; he is off the scene. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!
It’s Friday. Abortionists continue their work 3,300 times a day, tearing off the arms and legs of little babies and crushing their heads. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’! It’s Friday. Pro-abortion groups receive blood money from billionaires who are as deceived as they are. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!
It’s Friday. Liars attempt to speak for all women and hide the pain of abortion, and ignore the evidence of how it harms women, and call abortion a blessing. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’! It’s Friday. People of hardened hearts guard the clinics and usher desperate women in to have their abortions, while keeping them from the pro-life people who want to give them hope. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!
Hope does not mean that we ignore or minimize the evils around us. It means, rather, that we see the whole picture, which is that evil is conquered because of what happened one Sunday morning. The power of sin and death has been broken by the Resurrection of Christ. We are called to proclaim, celebrate, and serve that victory, waiting in joyful hope for Christ’s return and the full flowering of the Culture of Life! Indeed, Sunday’s comin’!
Lord, fill your people with new hope. Make us vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement, that as we engage in the difficult work ahead, we may experience the peace and joy that come only from you and that nobody can take away from us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Today’s 40 Days for Life devotional can also be downloaded at: http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2008day38print.pdf
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
P.S.- If you want to personally thank Tim Tebow’s mom and dad for their courageous pro-life stance, simply post a reply below this blog posting. I’ll make sure that they see your comments!