Let’s face it. We need the full armor of God! With some of the things people have had to deal with while peacefully praying for an end to abortion, it’s important to remember that this is a spiritual battle.
People praying at the vigil have seen the occasional negative reaction — rude words and gestures from people driving by, for instance. But thankfully, the Lord provides His grace so we may respond to such anger with Christ-like love.
There’s a sign-carrying protester who yells at vigil participants in Canton. Among other things, he insists that Planned Parenthood does not do abortions.
True, Planned Parenthood does not do abortions at all of its facilities — but the nation’s largest abortion chain most certainly refers abortion-minded women to other locations, and its annual abortion toll is 330,000.
Volunteers tried to explain Planned Parenthood’s agenda, but he wouldn’t listen. “The devil is lying to you,” he screamed. “They do good things here.” He refused to take literature — “propaganda,” he called it — and shouted that people praying outside the abortion center faced eternal punishment “for bearing false witness.”
When a large prayer group’s vigil time ended and they were preparing to go, he yelled at them, “Is your party over?”
Linda, the coordinator in Canton, said this man clearly “needs our prayers. We pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten him to the true purpose of Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Pray that we continue to show the love of Jesus with everyone we meet at Planned Parenthood.”
A woman walked up to one of the prayer volunteers and looked at her “pray for an end to abortion” sign. “How brutal,” she said. “The law is the law.”
The woman grabbed the sign, snarled that this was harassment — and broke the sign. “I said that I was not harassing anybody, but was only peacefully praying,” the volunteer said.
As she went into the abortion center, the angry woman said she was going to call the police. “I called the police,” said the vigil participant, “and they told me I wasn’t infringing any law.”
After a while, the woman came out. “She told me she was a psychologist and that we were inflicting a lot of damage on women who were going to freely abort their children with defects,” said the 40 Days for Life participant.
“In Seville we are very much alone,” she said. “I saw the devil in the eyes of those people and in the people at the doorway who laughed at me while shaking their heads with hateful grimaces.”
Last week, I mentioned the pointy yucca plants outside an abortion center in Atlanta. That reminded me that the abortionist in Reno has a row of very prickly cactus plants along the fence at his business.
Despite the cactus — and professionally-printed signs with messages such as “Pray to end sidewalk bullying” — praying, even at this place, can be a very peaceful experience. The presence of the Holy Spirit can be felt despite it all.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
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