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.
May the King answer us when we call.