Embracing Life -- Day 21

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 21: The Others

I’m off topic again, but only partially.

One of the great things about 40 Days for Life is that it brings together those from many different facets of the pro-life movement for a concentrated time of prayer, fasting, and outreach. Priests, pastors, citizens, advocates, legislators, physicians, and others put aside methodological, and strategic differences to unite around the common conviction of life being created by God, and worthy of protection. We’re all fighting the good fight of faith the best we know how, kind of like those Biblical examples of old mentioned in the book of Hebrews. I love that passage we’ve come to refer to as the faith hall of fame. Reading about those who subdued kingdoms, shut the mouths of lions, escaped death, and received loved ones back from the dead-that never gets old. That’s thrilling stuff. I can see why it’s in the Book; who wouldn’t be inspired by accounts of such victories wrought by faith? But then there are the “others”…

But others were tortured,..jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. — Heb. 11:35b-37a

At this the halfway point of the current 40 Days cycle, 133 babies’ lives have been preserved; stories are pouring in from all over the country of people being touched by the sight of women, men, and children praying at abortion clinics; and testimonies are being shared of clinic workers having second thoughts about their chosen vocation. But in other places, no stories have been told, not one account of a baby being saved has come forth. Others are continuing their vigil without one word of encouragement from passersby, without one minute of coverage by the local media. Others are showing up although it appears that for them, and their city, and the abortion clinic where they’ve been assigned, God hasn’t ‘shown out.’ That’s hard to do. But the good news is that we’re all “earning a good reputation with God” because of our faith.

So to those of you in Dubuque, Iowa, Dayton, Ohio, and other such places, keep the faith because that’s what has God’s attention. Your story is being told in heaven just like all the others.

Find out more at the 40 Days for Life website.

Previous Posts

Day 20: Not So Great Expectations
Days 18 & 19: Weekend Break
Day 17: Does Anyone Care?
Day 16: His First Home
Day 15: A Different Kind of Choice
Day 14: Even Now
Day 13: Wondrous Love
Day 12: The Real Reason Why
Day 11: Exhausted and Spent
Day 10: Every Breath We Take
Day 9: First Things First
Day 8: In the Power of Our Hand
Day 7: Somebody Prayed for Them
Day 6: Knowing Us
Day 5: Mercy in the Midst of Judgment
Day 4: Not for the Faint of Heart
Day 3: The Unborn Child as Lazarus?

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