When you pray outside the abortion center, you’re there representing Christ’s love and mercy — to those entering the facility … to those working there … and even the people who’ve had abortions and suffered in silence for years.
They see you at prayer … and that can often start a journey to healing after after years — or even decades — of despair. Here’s an example.
The abortion business in Boulder just spent thousands of dollars to build a huge fence along the sidewalk where 40 Days for Life volunteers pray.
It limits interactions with clients, said Brenda, the local coordinator. “However,” she said, “our shirts and balloons are getting so much attention … and we are able to share the late-term nature of this clinic. Most people have no idea.”
Recently, a teenage girl and her mother walked up and asked what was going on. Brenda explained the vigil to them.
The mother turned to her daughter and said, “These people have true conviction about this and I don’t ever want you to mock them again!”
But that’s not the end of the story. When Brenda showed the daughter a model of a 12-week baby, the mother began to cry … and said she’d had two abortions many years ago after being told the baby was nothing more than “a clump of cells.”
Brenda offered her information about Rachel’s Vineyard retreats for healing after abortion. The mother dried her eyes and thanked her … then left with her daughter.
“Don’t for a minute think that what we do out there is not important!” Brenda said.
”We watched and prayed as dozens of women arrived, all going inside to wait for the out-of-state abortionist to arrive later in the day,” said Ed, describing a recent morning outside Birmingham’s Planned Parenthood abortion center. “Few were receptive to dialogue, since they had already had their ‘counseling’ visit and paid in full for the abortion.”
Around 9:00, a group of Christian mothers arrived to pray, along with a priest … and “many, many young children all full of energy and joy,” Ed related.
“What a witness for life!” he said. “All the workers and those waiting can see the sidewalk from the large window in Planned Parenthood; and as we prayed, we hoped that they were watching. The presence of mothers and young children on the sidewalk is always such an inspiration to all.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
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