Dear Deacon, 

On average, there are 3,300 abortions EVERY DAY in
the United States — but that daily number goes up
on Saturdays, the busiest day of the week at many
abortion centers.
 

As we near the midpoint of this campaign, today –
Saturday — is an excellent day to participate in
40 Days for Life. Click this link to find the location
nearest you:
 

http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm 

When you pray at the vigil, you realize two things:
1. The abortionist doesn’t want us out there.
2. Christ does.
 

Here’s what I mean … 


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA
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Feminist Women’s Health Center is a second-trimester
abortion center where women come from neighboring
states for abortions. The staff is used to people
praying outside every week. “But they get particularly
nervous when 40 Days for Life rolls around,” said
Lauren in Atlanta, “as they know our numbers jump
exponentially.”
 

On one day recently, two women changed their minds.
One was 17 weeks pregnant; the other was 22. “These
women were met with love and acceptance from the
moment they drove onto the clinic property and it
was this love that drew them to us,” Lauren said.
Volunteers assured them they would not abandon them,
but would walk with them through their pregnancies.
 

One of the women responded by text, “I’m just glad
to have some support. Thank you!”
 

The abortion center has lined the right-of-way, where
the volunteers can legally stand, with prickly yucca
plants in an obvious attempt to deter them. Lauren
sent photographic proof that the plan is not working.
 

“We had eleven prayer warriors from all over Atlanta
in front of the clinic this morning,” she said. “We
just figure it’s a sign that we are frustrating the
clinic and if God wants us to put up with the yucca
plants, so be it.”
 

To see a photo of the Atlanta volunteers, standing
vigil next to the new landscaping, please go to:
 

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3462 


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FORT WORTH, TEXAS
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One of the volunteers in Fort Worth, a youth director
at a local church, wrote on the 40 Days for Life blog
about recruiting new people to pray at the vigil.
 

One Saturday morning, a woman she invited to the vigil
arrived with her daughter. It was cold and drizzling,
but they prayed for an hour. “I could tell she and her
daughter were very moved,” said the volunteer.
 

The following Saturday, the same woman returned — this
time, with her husband. “Wow, there are a lot less cars
than last week,” she said. “She knew something had
happened from last week to this week,” the youth
director observed. Fewer cars means fewer abortions.
 

Later, this woman gave a short testimony to a group at
church — and now there are about half a dozen others
who promised to pray at the vigil the next weekend.
 

“God is so good,” said the youth director. “I know we
have saved some lives. Praise be to God!”
 


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MANKATO, MINNESOTA
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“I am still in awe of our awesome God,” a prayer
volunteer in Mankato wrote on the 40 Days for Life
blog. “I had never been involved with this campaign
before, and I didn’t know what to expect.”
 

While praying at the vigil, “I was overwhelmed with
the presence of the Holy Spirit that morning, and
wept in worship of the Lord.” People drove by, yelling
negative comments, honking their horns and expressing
support for Planned Parenthood. But she just continued
to pray quietly.
 

“I watched at least 15 people come and go in the time
I was there,” she wrote. “I don’t know what they were
there for, but God does, and it was an honor to pray
for each of them. I encourage anyone who can go, even
for just one hour, to be a voice for the unborn. It
will change your life.”
 


Here’s today’s devotional from Randolph Sly of the
National Pro-life Religious Council…
 


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DAY 18 INTENTION
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We pray for a flowering of the joy of parenthood. 


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SCRIPTURE
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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the
fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the
hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s
youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of
them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with
their enemies in the gate.
 

– Psalm 127:3-5 


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REFLECTION by Randolph Sly
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I still vividly remember the day my first child was
born. As she came into the world I gazed upon the
most beautiful little baby I’d ever seen.
 

Later I was driving home from the hospital for a
shower and a fresh change of clothes when a song came
on the radio, “The Men in My Little Girl’s Life” — a
ballad about being a father as he watches his
daughter grow through childhood to womanhood.
 

I wept as I listened, knowing those years would go by
very fast… and they did.
 

Being a father, whenever I read the Psalm quoted
above I’m always captivated by one word – “heritage.”
It basically means “something passed down from a
preceding generation.”
 

That little girl I watched being born and wept for is
not mine to give to God like a product of our
fertility, but rather His, which he has entrusted to
us. So are all her siblings.
 

My wife and I share a great treasure: precious lives,
which are placed in our lineage that His life with us
might be perpetuated.
 

To the psalmist, this was a blessing from the
Lawgiver, God Himself, who blessed Israel with
another generation intended to continue their
covenantal promise.
 

For us in Christ, it is his gift of succeeding
generations for His Church and her families.
 

These days I’m looking upon my grandchildren, and
rejoicing that my children and their spouses will
pass on the greatness of Christ’s gospel to them and
thus will continue the work of God in the world. What
a blessing. What a heritage!
 


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PRAYER
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Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for
granted the gift of children. Help us to remember
this heritage that you have given us. Make us
faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each
generation might be raised in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen.
 


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PRINTABLE DEVOTIONAL
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To download today’s devotional as a formatted,
printable PDF to share with friends:
 

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2012day18print.pdf 

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For Life, 

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
 

PS: Has 40 Days for Life affected you? If it has,
please leave a comment on today’s blog entry:
 

    http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3462 


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