Her name was Joy. She was 76 years old and worked for one of the most notorious abortionists in America.
“She would use all of the standard arguments for abortion, including all of the harsh words,” said Allan. “Our response to her no matter how bad she got was to respond with love and the true answers about life.”
This went on for many months. Finally Joy shared what was really bothering her. “She lived all alone,” he said. “She had no savings and could not survive on what little she would bring in if she stopped working for the abortionist.”
Eventually, Allan said, “love cast out the fear.” Joy quit her job at the clinic and was able to find another position that provided enough money to live on. “This is an example of what God’s love can do if we will walk in it,” said Allan.
Jonas in Orlando, Florida reports that a participant in the 40 Days for Life vigil met a young woman who worked at the abortion clinic. “She said she was not happy with what she was doing and was going to quit. She told him that it was because she saw our group praying in front of the clinic. Wow!”
Some of the people involved in the abortion business have been caught in this trap for years. It may be that the seeds being planted during 40 Days for Life may not flower for some time to come; but now is the time to plant the seeds.
Dale tells of approaching an abortionist at his clinic some time ago and saying, “If anyone has been unkind to you and said words to you in anger I want to apologize for that right now and ask for your forgiveness.” The abortionist accepted the apology!
At the invitation of pro-lifers on the sidewalk, Dale said he would “stop and pray with us before he went inside his clinic. Not long after that we were told by the staff that they were now offering adoption services. On one occasion when he was interviewed by a local newspaper, he mentioned us and remarked, ‘Now these people are true Christians.’”
In a second newspaper interview about a year ago, the doctor declared that he had stopped doing abortions. “God got the glory, honor and praise,” said Dale.
In some cases, it took polite invitations and a whole lot of patience. In others, all it took was simply being there. Your peaceful presence IS making a difference!
Today’s devotional comes from Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life…
DAY 17 INTENTION:
Pray that we choose to trust God to bring an end to abortion soon, no matter how impossible that may seem to others.
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
– Ezekiel 37:1-3
You and I are standing in a world today over a field of dry bones: those who have been killed by abortion, those who have been killed by so many other things attacking the dignity of human life. And God has placed us here; we find ourselves here in the midst of this incredible tragedy.
Like Ezekiel, you and I are in a dilemma because God says to us: “Speak and proclaim the Word of Life. Keep doing it. Let nothing deter you.”
People can say, “This is humanly foolish, humanly impossible. How can we transform the world from the path of death that it’s on?”
Yet we choose to do the “foolish” thing rather than the dangerous thing.
If you ever doubt that we can bring an end to this culture of death, this destruction of the family, this destruction of life by abortion, if you ever think for a moment that it’s impossible, then ask yourself this: Can a man who has been scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed hands and feet to a cross, pierced with a lance, has died and been buried; can such a man ever live again?
Lord, I thank you for giving me the holy dilemma of having to choose between the foolish thing or the dangerous thing.
Yet for me the solution is clear.
Lord, I will obey you, even if it means aiming for a goal which, in the eyes of others, seems foolish.
I will obey you, and will hope for the end of abortion soon, no matter how impossible that may seem to others. I dare not mistrust you; I dare not doubt your power; I dare not fail to follow your call. In you, who raise the dead, all hope comes alive. Amen.
Have a blessed weekend!
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
P.S.- Thanks for your prayers — the banquet in Houston went great last night. There was only a tiny handful of anarchist Planned Parenthood supporters that showed up, and the police kept them from disrupting anything.