DAY 13: Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more
40 Days for Life London -- Autumn 2011
Monday 10th October 2011
Lives are saved at the vigil one at a time!
Hearts are changed one by one!
And souls are impacted in the same cumulative method.
Years ago, a cynical journalist asked Mother Teresa whether she was really making a difference in her work among the destitute and dying in the slums of Calcutta, India. Instead of becoming offended by the question, her response was this:
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
Scripture says that where sin abounds, grace superabounds (cf. Romans 5:20).
Please send us your testimonies, stories, experiences and photos of the vigil to firstname.lastname@example.org! We are tremendously grateful for everything that you are doing!
Please attend this youth conference and also this conference.
Day 12 - October 9
May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.
My power is made perfect in weakness.
--2 Corinthians 12:9
The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation. For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation. For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.
The door to healing is humility. It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"
During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."
Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will. This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).
Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."
Executive Director, Rachels Vineyard Ministries
Pro Life Quote of the Day:
"Science teaches that human life begins at conception. If it is also true that it is affirmed by religion, it does not for that reason cease to be a strictly scientific truth, to be transformed into a religious opinion. He who denies that human life begins with conception does not need to contend with religion, but science. To deny this certainty of biology is not to express a lack of faith, but a lack of basic knowledge of human genetics, something that is even known by the general public."
~ Ecuadorian Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics, April 17, 2008 ~