Volunteers frequently ask if children should be brought to 40 Days for Life prayer vigils at abortion centers. People sometimes wonder if the horror of abortion is too much for children to handle. But it seems the presence of children is a blessing — to everyone.
A local pastor took his 8-year-old daughter to pray with her teacher and classmates at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Lake Havasu City, Arizona — then listened as she talked about her experience.
“What incredible teaching is going on,” he said.
Joe in Pensacola, Florida shared a similar story on his blog. It was a Saturday, and the abortion facility was packed when he and his 10-year-old son went to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil.
“I try to use events like this to teach him, but I didn’t have to say too much,” he said. His son understood what was happening.
“He connected the abortions with his 2-year old sister, Anna. He said that our family would be a sad family if Anna had been aborted, because she brings so much joy,” Joe said. “All I could do was agree with him.”
Young adults are delivering a powerful message as well. In Canton, Ohio, a woman drove past the 40 Days for Life vigil with a sign that read, “What about the rape victims?”
Christian, who was praying at the vigil, thought to herself, “What about them?”
She, after all, should know.
“As an 18-year-old,” she said, “I was a victim of date rape. My life changed forever. A lot of what-ifs went through my head, and my first thought was abortion. I did not know what else to do.”
She soon rejected that option … and gave birth to her son in June 2008.
A year later, Christian thought she was pregnant again. Her fiance’s mother advised an abortion — or else “life as you know it will be over.” She went to Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test — with her fiance and one-year-old son. “And yet the first thing that the nurse asked me when we walked in was, ‘If you are pregnant, do you want an abortion?’”
Of course, the answer was “No!” She now has a daughter in addition to her son.
“I may have had two kids before the age of 20,” Christian said. “I may have started out as a teen mom and didn’t go to college. But I am now working and going back to school to broaden my career.”
Contrary to the advice she was given, her life is certainly not over. “And if you feel it would be, there are other options to provide your children with happy healthy lives,” she said. “With the power of God’s grace, you can make the right choices, and He will guide you every step of the way.”
As the pastor in Arizona said — what incredible teaching is going on!
Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate, a member of the 40 Days for Life board of directors.
DAY 25 INTENTION
Pray that God will bless us with His gift of strength as we respond in obedience to His call.
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
– Proverbs 24:11-12
REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life
In this age of technologically advanced communication, ignorance of human rights abuses is no excuse.
We know there are persecuted Christians in China, there is genocide in Darfur, and there are babies aborted and women and families devastated right in our own communities.
“But I can’t save them all,” you say.
God isn’t asking you to. He has equipped each of us with time, talent, and treasure to do what we can when He provides the opportunity.
He has given us His Holy Spirit to empower us as we abide in Him. He is asking us to be on His side in speaking out and protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
When we are obedient to His calling to get in on the work He is doing, we will experience intimacy with Him in a whole new way.
Our faith will increase as we see God at work! You have responded to His call during this 40 Days for Life campaign.
Let your efforts be for His pleasure and His purposes. Pray without ceasing!
God Almighty, we pray for continued guidance and strength as we intercede on behalf of the young women and their babies who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Open the eyes of the mother’s heart to see her child as you do – a precious gift to be treasured.
Let her feel Your loving arms around her and may she be assured that you have a plan and a future for her and her child.
Give her reason not to enter the abortion clinic.
Give her wisdom and discernment to find life options through a local pregnancy care center and may she boldly choose life.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayer. Because of Your Son’s sacrifice we pray, Amen.
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