It’s the Lord’s day, and fitting that we focus on prayer.
I also have a great TV clip from Hanover, Pennsylvania. I visited Hanover last fall during their first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign. Planned Parenthood is located on the town square in Hanover, where the vigil gets attention from everyone. Enjoy the news story from WHTM-TV! (There’s a short commercial first.)
“Our campaign got off to a wonderful start,” said Dan in Hanover. “Great weather — and Channel 27 out of Harrisburg came down and interviewed Judy.”
Judy is Dan’s wife. Together, they lead the Hanover campaign. The interview took place around lunchtime. “We had a good showing of people there praying with signs,” said one of the volunteers.
The Hanover vigil is taking place outside a Planned Parenthood facility — but there’s no sign of any Planned Parenthood spokesperson in the newscast. For the “other side,” the reporter interviewed a member of a local atheists’ society. He rattled on about the imposition of a religious viewpoint.
Interestingly, in other locations, we’ve had atheists stand in solidarity at some of the vigils! Obviously, they weren’t there to pray, but to speak out against abortion as a human rights violation.
PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK
A group of about 20 volunteers gathered to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Plattsburgh — outside a Planned Parenthood facility.
“It was a beautiful prayer vigil,” said Nancy in Plattsburgh. “Very peaceful, much grace abounded. We were blessed to have a few dedicated souls who drove over an hour to join us.”
We must put our trust in God, she said. “He tells us to not be afraid; He is with us. And this work that we do is for Him. Would you please consider coming out to pray with us? Would you ask a friend to come along? God will use our prayer to end abortion in Plattsburgh!”
“It’s still cold in this Canadian prairie city at this time of year,” writes a 40 Days for Life blogger in Calgary. “The weather is unpredictable — and yet … the call is so urgent.”
The annual abortion total in southern Alberta is nearly 5,000 — and the majority take place at the abortion facility where Calgary’s 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place.
“We need to start caring,” the blogger said. “We need to create opportunities for sharing truth. We need to speak out, and gently, lovingly reach a broken world to protect life.”
The 40-day vigil serves as “an opportunity to soften hearts (our own and others) through prayer. It allows us to plead with God for the hearts and minds of our nation to be changed, and it allows us to engage in this battle in the single most powerful way that we can. Let’s pray.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Have you received any special blessings as a result of your 40 Days for Life participation? I so, please share them below.