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DAY 33: God works in wonderful ways

October 24th, 2010 by admin

It’s truly amazing to watch things happen at 40 Days for Life campaigns. After all … you’re watching God in action! Here are just a few of the ways He is changing hearts and minds in response to your faithful prayers.

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CHICO, CALIFORNIA
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40 Days for Life vigil participants were praying near Planned Parenthood’s driveway when an agitated young man approached one of the volunteers and said they had no right to be on the sidewalk.

The young man was visibly angry. He said he had brought his girlfriend to Planned Parenthood to “deal with her pregnancy.” But when she saw people standing in prayer on the sidewalk, she began to question the abortion.

“Just the presence of someone praying, even without any interaction, gives women perhaps just an extra second to question what they are about to do,” said Mary in Chico.

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CINCINNATI, OHIO
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One of the 40 Days for Life vigil participants in Cincinnati watched as a 14-year-old girl approached Planned Parenthood. “Since the gate was closed,” said this volunteer, “I asked what she was there for — and she said a pregnancy test.”

The volunteer got on the phone and called the director of a local pregnancy center, who then spoke to the girl and arranged a meeting. It was learned that the young girl was in foster care and was not able to contact her mother. “She was scared,” the volunteer said.

By being present at Planned Parenthood, the vigil participants were able to guide her away from the abortion center and towards people who would offer real help. “This is the first good story I have been a part of,” the volunteer said, “so I wanted to share it.”

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NAPLES, FLORIDA
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A woman from a neighboring business stopped to talk to prayer volunteers at Planned Parenthood in Naples, telling them that her son’s girlfriend was pregnant. Her son is 17 and the girl is 16.

The woman explained that she, the two teens and the girl’s mother had been to two abortion facilities. But for various reasons, the abortion did not take place and the couple decided to keep the child.

After further discussion, it soon became clear that the problem wasn’t the baby. This woman is a single mother who can barely afford to make ends meet. She has no idea how she would help the teens support the baby. That’s when the vigil participants got busy.

One volunteer gave the woman information about free pregnancy assistance. Another told her about a better job opportunity that seemed almost perfect.

“The mother started to cry and gave the coordinator a big hug,” said Jeanne in Naples. “God works in such a wonderful way and leads us forward.”

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
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Bob was praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Ann Arbor, holding a sign made by his grandsons. “I’ve been holding this sign for well over a year,” he said. Its simple message: “Choose life.”

He watched as a couple walked into the abortion center — and left after about half an hour. As they walked towards the parking lot, the man looked at Bob and said, “We made the right choice. We chose life!”

“As they drove out of the parking lot, they gave me a thumbs up and yelled ‘God bless you,’” said Bob. “It’s almost impossible to describe how I felt. A child’s life — and the lives of his mom and dad — had been saved.”

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life…

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DAY 33 INTENTION
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May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.

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SCRIPTURE
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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

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REFLECTION by Fr. Terry Gensemer
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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.

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PRAYER
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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.

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

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2010day33print.pdf

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For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: As always, if you have news to report from your community’s 40 Days for Life effort, please let everyone know! You may leave a comment below.

11 Responses to “DAY 33: God works in wonderful ways”

  1. Jennifer Racancoj Says:

    I was watching the “The Hiding Place” This family was willing to risk death and imprisionment in order to save the Jewish. The father put a Jewish star on even though he wasn’t Jewish and was willing to suffer the same fate as the Jewish. He finally agreed to take off the Jewish star because he was given the opportunity to hide the Jewish instead. Would we be willing to take on the same fate as the babies on the abortion clinic table? Fortunately we don’t have to. All we have to do is come pray publicly and stand witness to life. Let’s finish this week strong!

  2. Anne B. Says:

    yesterday, after traveling for 3 and a half hours to the city of Melbourne, I was arriving for my promised attendance at the 40 Days for Life just as the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants across the street were leaving, having completed their Prayer Vigil, and the ones in darkness were shouting their “hey, hey, ho ho, religion’s got to go”. But the latter got a surprise as, suddenly, there was one in their midst praying with her Rosary Beads clutched firmly in both hands.
    “You’re on the wrong side” they said. “No,” I replied, I was not. “We have 40 Days for Life.”
    A young man then asked “Do you think God would really be interested in or care about all this or about your ideas and morals?”
    “God made us all and He cares about us” I answered.
    “Your parents made you” he replied with a puzzled look.
    But who made them?” I said. “You have to go back, right back to the Unmoved Mover”.
    A young woman retorted “You have no proof of that!”
    “It’s rational” I responded.
    “Well, who made God?” the young man continued. “No-one” I concluded “He is eternal.”

    I stayed on there, though the “Clinic” had now all but closed, until they had left, and was soon joined by five Prayer Warriors. For the next 2 hours we had an influence – I pray, for the better – on several other people, and maybe on the passersby. I left and the others were still praying.

  3. Anna Says:

    Proverbs 24:11-12

    Deliver those who are being taken away to death
    and those who are staggering to slaughter,
    Oh hold them back
    If you say, “See we did not know this,”
    Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
    And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
    And will He not render to man according to his work?

  4. Elizabety reres Says:

    I work at a”Ferociously Liberal” college I love the students who come work with me, and have a chance to talk of God’s Love to them, they respond with love back and Happy surprise. I now pray for them to hear the Word of God for the unborn, I have decided to pray there for the unborn because I know a lot of them and Professors are misguided as far as abortion is concerned. Hopefully God will Bless this place too. God Bless all of you out there in the trenches.

  5. Elizabety reres Says:

    I LIKE TO PRAY ALSO FOR THOSE BABIES WHO WERE ABORTED THE FOLLOWING+ PRAYER FOR THE BAPTISM OF ABORTED BABIES+
    HEAVENLY FATHER, YOUR LOVE IS ETERNAL
    IN YOUR OCEAN OF LOVE, YOU SAVED THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST.
    NOW LOOK AT YOUR ONLY SON ON THE CROSS WHO IS CONSTNTLY BLEEDING FOR LOVE OF HIS PEOPLE, AND FORGIVE YOUR WORLD,
    PURIFY AND BAPTIZE ABORTED CHILDREN WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD AND WATER FROM THE SACRED SIDE OF YOUR SON, WHO HUNG DEAD ON THE CROSS FOR THEIR SALVATION, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    MAY THEY, THROUGH THE HOLY DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE, THROUGH HIS WOUNDS BE HEALED, AND THROUGH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD BE FREED.
    THERE TO REJOICE WITH THE SAINTS IN HEAVEN. AMEN.
    prayer found in Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ2005 Queenship publishing 1-800-647-9882, order# 1304
    “Through this Prayer large numbers of unborn babies will be saved, pray it daily and make it known to the world. Anyone who teaches it will not be lost” (29 july 1998)

  6. Cindy Says:

    I am so impressed by Anna B’s brave stance in the middle of the mis-guided abortion rights group. You were indeed in the right place….right where God put you. From the conversation you shared, it is clear that they are truly in darkness about the truth of God and one can see why they would have chosen the side they have. Your humble, loving responses to their questions may well have planted the seeds of God’s light and love in their hearts. God Bless you.

    You are all fighting the battle God set us forth to do in Matthew 10:16 – 36 for the Glory of His kingdom and the salvation of souls.

    Some favorite lines from Matthew 10…

    16: Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves…

    19-20: ….do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say…. For it will not be your who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

    22: You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

    27: What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

    32-33: Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

    God Bless all off the prayer warriors. Continue to pray for the babies, the moms, the dads, and the clinic workers. Bring them all into the love and light of your truth.

    Amen.

  7. Bernadette Palla Says:

    Patricia Neal, a talented actress who won the Academy Award for her performance in HUD (1963), died on August 8, 2010. She fell in love in 1949 at 23 with actor Gary Cooper( then married) and they began a 3 year affair. She became pregnant and in fear of her pregnancy ruining her career, she had an abortion. She writes courageously of this time in her life in her autobiography, AS I AM (1983). Whoever thinks women do not regret abortion should read this book. “For over thirty years, alone, in the night, I cried. For years and years I cried over that baby. And whenever I had too much to drink, I would remember that I had not allowed him to exist. I admired Ingrid Bergman for having her (out of wedlock) son. She had guts. I did not. And I regret it with all my heart. If I had one thing to do over in my life, I would have that baby.” Both Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal eventually converted to Catholicism and Patricia served as the honorary co-chair for the Annual Charity Ball for Life in 2007. Women do profoundly regret abortion, men regret lost fatherhood and God is all merciful and full of forgiveness. Patricia Neal found her courage and forgiveness. God works in wonderful ways His miracles to perform.

  8. Monde M.C. Imasiku Says:

    Its the grande finale week, and wish it was the beginning of the 40 days.
    The experience of being at the Vigil for UK’s 40 days prayers for life, has been consoling and strengthening to my soul.
    Its my prayer and hope that God’s Grace will enable me to share this experience to be in practice this time around next year in Zambia. May God bless you all and ask for his protection of the life of the unborn children.

  9. Joellyn Knepper Says:

    This morning at church a lady approached me and said, “Let’s keep those PRAY TO END ABORTION signs for the next prayer vigil in the spring!” That was such wonderful news to me since this fall was the first time Zion had joined in as a part of 40daysforlife!! Praise GOD!!!

  10. Anne B. Says:

    Cindy, thank you for the beautiful texts you gleaned. How true. Of course, spoken by The Truth Himself!

  11. Debbie Riccardo Says:

    Please find attached a link to a local news article from the Oakland Press:

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2010/10/26/news/local_news/doc4cc61c222d7ae866806600.txt

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