Day 4 – September 29, 2012

Today is the 4th day of the 40 days for life campaign and the 4th days that I have been praying through the joyful mysteries of the rosary on behalf of the babies who are scheduled to be aborted at the Germantown clinic.  I continue to feel compelled to speak life over this clinic and to declare that Satan, the enemy of our souls is defeated and that he is defeated here in Germantown.  I continue to feel compelled to pray that as the young women are given the announcement that they are pregnant that rather than allowing fear to overwhelm them and overtake them, that like Mary, our Blessed Mother, they will have courage and allow God to take control of the situation that they find themselves in.  I have prayed that there will be many in the church who will embrace these young women that they will have their own visitation by older women in the church who can counsel them and teach as they walk through this pregnancy.  I have prayed that NO MORE babies will die at the Germantown clinic but that ALL will be born!  I have prayed that as these babies are saved from death and are born into this life that these new mothers will have the courage to present their children unto the Lord and dedicate them to His service.  Finally, I have been praying that as these babies are saved from death, born, and dedicated to the Lord that they are also brought up to serve Him and brought up in the knowledge of His word!

The Lord is gracious and compassionate and He is able to perform all of these things beyond anything we could ever imagine.  The women who find themselves in the situation of an unplanned pregnancy are scared and do not know where to turn.  They know deep down that their actions were out of order but God is in the business of putting the pieces back together.  God’s love for us is beyond anything we could ever imagine – “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Day 3 – September 28, 2012

Day 3 and I woke up to the sound of rain again at 4:30 this morning but again by 6:00 am the rain had stopped, so I thank the Lord for a dry hour to pray on the sidewalk.  Today I picked up the signs from the church before going to the clinic, just in case I was by myself again I didn’t want to be without signs.  There was another individual there to pray along side of me during the hour today.  We pray individually yet side by side.

Today did not bring any new revelations in terms of the prayers being prayed along with the meditations of Joyful mysteries that were so inspiring to me during our first two days of the campaign.  But no mind, not every day is going to be exciting and revelatory.  The key, of course is obedience and being faithful to that which God has showed us to do and so I was.  I prayed through the Joyful mysteries today as I had yesterday and the day before.

After praying through the rosary this morning I started to look around at the different offices in this particular office park.  They are mostly medical offices and one, in particular caught my eye, it was a pediatrician.  The sign above the door said – The doctor’s name – Pediatric Care – Complete Care for Kids.  It was the “Complete Care for Kids” that got me.  I thought how ironic.  Here in this office we have doctors and nursing staff who will bend over backwards if necessary to do everything they can to take care of the children who walk through their doors and right behind them in the next row of offices is a doctor and staff who do everything in their power to kill the child who is forced through the door.  I feel such sadness when I think about all that goes on within the abortion clinic, particularly with late term abortions.  It is nothing more than a greedy money making industry and yet somehow this industry has been able to deceive women into believing that this “choice” is vital to their well-being.  But our God is greater and victorious and we will see an end to abortion as He changes one heart at a time!

Before concluding my prayer time this morning I was lead to read Psalm 22.  Psalm 22 is usually associated with the crucifixion of our Lord but some of the verses of that I read in the version I read it in almost brought me to tears.  My prayer this week was focused on the aborted babies and specifically the babies aborted at the Germantown clinic.  However, my prayers were for hope and life for them, prayers about their growing up and being offered to Lord for His service, and growing strong in the knowledge of His word, but today, I heard the cries of those who do not make it the words of Psalm 22.  Look at these words from The Message:

God, God . . . my God!
Why did you dump me
miles from nowhere?
Doubled up with pain, I call to God
all the day long. No answer. Nothing.
I keep at it all night, tossing and turning.

And here I am, a nothing—an earthworm,
something to step on, to squash.
Everyone pokes fun at me;
they make faces at me, they shake their heads:
“Let’s see how God handles this one;
since God likes him so much, let him help him!”

I’m a bucket kicked over and spilled,
every joint in my body has been pulled apart.
My heart is a blob
of melted wax in my gut.
I’m dry as a bone,
my tongue black and swollen.
They have laid me out for burial
in the dirt.

Now packs of wild dogs come at me;
thugs gang up on me.
They pin me down hand and foot,
and lock me in a cage—a bag
Of bones in a cage, stared at
by every passerby.

You, God—don’t put off my rescue!
Hurry and help me!
Don’t let them cut my throat;
don’t let those mongrels devour me.
If you don’t show up soon,
I’m done for—gored by the bulls,
meat for the lions.

(verses 1-2, 6-8, 14-17,19-21)


Day 2 – September 27, 2012

Well, day 2 and I was on my own today.  I have to say it felt it a little unsettling to be out on the sidewalk by myself and with no signs to indicate why I was there and in the dark, but – I was there!  I walked the sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic and prayed the rosary. 

This week I am praying through the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.  The first mystery is the Annunciation – the angel Gabriel comes to Mary to announce to her that she is to give birth to a son.  As I reflected on that mystery, I prayed for the women who were given that same announcement – the test is positive, you are pregnant.  Now they are scared and wondering what they are going to do, just as Mary, I’m sure was scared wondered how this was going to work out.  I prayed that these women would have the same courage that Mary had and would make the decision not to abort their child but to give life to their child.  As I reflected on the second mystery of the Visitation I was remembering in the scripture that describes the joy Mary and Elizabeth shared in each other’s visit and how they both recognized they were carrying children who were precious and special in the eyes of God.  I prayed that the women who find themselves pregnant and scared will realize that their child is also precious and very special to God and that He has many plans for the life of this child.  The third mystery is the Nativity – the birth of our Lord.  As I reflected on this wonderful mystery, I thought how every birth is miraculous and wonderful and just found myself beginning to pray that this abortion clinic that currently promotes death will begin to promote life and become a place that encourages and assists women in giving birth!  The fourth joyful mystery is the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple.  As I reflected on this mystery, I prayed that these babies are not only saved from the horrors of abortion but that they are offered to the Lord for his service.  Finally, the fifth joyful mystery is the finding of the child Jesus in the temple.  Jesus told his parents that He needed to be about His Father’s business and this was the reason why He found Himself in the temple conversing with the Rabbi’s.  My prayer for these babies grew to become that they are saved from the horrors of abortion, they are offered to the Lord for His service, and that they are given the opportunity to grow in favor and stature with God and with men through the study of His word and works of service.

Before leaving for the day, I felt lead to begin reading scripture and was lead to read in the book of Esther.  Esther is an interesting book about obedience to God rather than men during a very perilous time in Jewish history.  In the introduction to the book there was a very interesting statement which struck me as so appropriate to keep in mind during the 40 days for life campaign.  The version of the Bible that I was reading from was The Message and the statement was “There is a long history of killing men and women simply because they are perceived as reminders or representatives of the living God, as if killing people who worship God gets rid of God himself.”  Isn’t that all a part of Satan’s plan here?  We, human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, are the ones that Satan is trying eliminate.  If he can continue to destroy babies, he thinks he can kill God himself.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  God is and will be victorious in all things!  Let us always remember the words of Psalm 20:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.

Day 1 – September 26, 2012

This is my first 40 days for life ever and I’m very excited to be a part of this and see what God has planned for Germantown specifically, and just in general.  So, it’s 4:30am and I’m waking up to rain falling outside my window and I’m thinking OK – this is the first day of the 40 days for life campaign and I’m getting ready to take the first prayer shift of the day – 6:00AM – YIKES!  Am I crazy?  I am so not a morning person but therein lay the sacrifice I suppose.  OK 6AM it is, every day of the campaign except Sundays!

I left my house at 5:20 on this first morning so I made sure I had enough time to get there and figure out where I should park.  Well that was easy I was settled 10 minutes early.  Now, I am wondering if I’m going to be walking up and down this sidewalk by myself – it’s dark out there.  Thankfully, I am not alone.  I am met by another gentleman named Jim who has picked up a bunch of signs that are just placed along the sidewalk.  The signs say things like – “Pray for an end to abortion”, “pray to stop late term abortions that happen here”, “40 days for life”, etc.  Well, Jim and I now walk up and down the sidewalk on Wisteria Drive in front of the office park where Dr. Carhart’s abortion clinic is located.  There are quite a few people out at 6am.  There is a lot of traffic on Wisteria Drive and a lot of people out walking/jogging or heading for a bus.  So, we know a lot of people saw our signs and some may have heard us praying!

When I first started to consider this I wondered what am I going to pray  about for an hour on the sidewalk?  I knew I was praying for an end to abortion but what form would that take?  Then Lord showed me exactly how to pray.  He said – “pray the Rosary” and I thought how perfect is that.  I can pray through and meditate on the mysteries of our Lord’s life while asking our Blessed Mother to intercede on behalf of the women who are deceived into believing they are doing the right thing, the clinic worker who is also deceived into believing that they are providing a necessary service, for Dr. Carhart’s salvation, and mostly for the aborted babies who will never have the chance to live.  The Lord showed me that I should meditate on His Joyful mysteries (the annunciation, the visitation, the nativity, the presentation, and the finding of the child Jesus in the Temple) for all of the aborted babies.  He showed me that I should meditate on His sorrowful mysteries (the agony in the garden, the scourging at the pillar, the crowning with thorns, the carrying of the cross, and the crucifixion) for Dr. Carhart’s salvation.  He showed me that I should meditate on His Luminous mysteries (the baptism of the Lord, the wedding at Cana, the proclamation of the Kingdom, the transfiguration, and the institution of the Eucharist) for the clinic workers, and he showed me that I should meditate on His Glorious mysteries (the resurrection, the ascension, the descent of the Holy Spirit, His glorious return*, and His reign over all the earth*.  (*Not traditional) for the aborted babies.  My intention is pray through one set of mysteries for a week before moving onto the next one.