Sunday, October 28, 2007

Day 33: talk with you tonight?

Last night my family joined the Indianapolis 40 Days
for Life campaign at 10:30 PM outside a large Planned
Parenthood abortion facility.

The temperature was in the low 40's and Planned
Parenthood turned their water sprinklers on to greet
us, spraying the right of way with freezing cold water.

In spite of that, there were 53 people bundled up and
praying when we arrived -- young and old -- and many
others arrived during the hour and a half we were
there, to pray and sing in Spanish and English.

And earlier yesterday morning, the prayer warriors
holding vigil outside that facility reported a child's
life saved from abortion (and a mother who was spared
from a life of pain and regret.)

What a deeply moving experience, to see God's people
putting their faith into action!

One week from today 40 Days for Life will end.

At that time, we'll be able to look back in awe at the
many miracles God has accomplished across our land...

...And discern how to keep the momentum growing...

...But there are still SEVEN DAYS to help this campaign
finish in a history-shaping fashion!

The most important thing you can do to ensure that 40
Days for Life helps to mark the beginning of the end of
abortion in America is join tonight's "BIG EVENT"
tele-rally and web simulcast.

In addition to reports about the miracles experienced
in many of the participating cities -- and a big
announcement I will be making at the end of the event
about how YOU can join in the exciting conclusion of
this effort -- you will have a rare opportunity to get
on the telephone with pro-life leaders including:

* JIM SEDLAK, STOPP, American Life League
* DR. ALVEDA KING, Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
* FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life
* CARMEN PATE, "Point of View" radio talk show
* STACY MASSEY, Abortion Recovery Intl. Network
* SHAWN CARNEY, Coalition for Life

We have been flooded with registrations, but we
anticipated the strong interest this event would
generate, so there is still room for you (if you
haven't registered yet) and your pro-life friends,
family members, and fellow believers.

It's absolutely FREE, so don't delay -- sign up right
now at:

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I promise that it will be one of the most exciting
pro-life events you've ever participated in!

(And even if you can't attend the conference call or
webcast live for any reason, go ahead and register
anyway. We're recording the entire event and will let
you know as soon as the audio is available for you.)

Here's the devotional for today...

Daily Devotional by: Fr. Frank Pavone


Pray that we will have faith to realize that even now
our Lord can bring an end to abortion.


"On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already
been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than
two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to
Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their
brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she
went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 'Lord,'
Martha said to Jesus, 'if you had been here, my brother
would not have died. But I know that even now God will
give you whatever you ask.' Jesus said to her, 'Your
brother will rise again.' Martha answered, 'I know he
will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.'
Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
-- John 11:17-26


Imagine going to a wake service for a deceased friend
and having someone say to you, "If you had been here
sooner, your friend would never have died!" One does
not dare say such a thing unless one believes that the
person being addressed has the power over life and

In this case, of course, Martha was right. Jesus is
Lord of life and death. She knew that, which is why she
was able to make this statement, yet at the same time
she had to wrestle with the fact that Lazarus died
anyway. Jesus indeed is Lord over life and death, but
here the power of death was still displayed right in
front of her.

Yet in this clash between the conviction of faith and
the evidence of human experience, Martha allowed hope
to shine through. "Even now, God will give you whatever
you ask."

Even now. Those words show the power of hope, born of
faith. Even now, when death has already done its work,
life can be victorious. Even now, when nobody expects
to see Lazarus again, the blessed expectation of seeing
him can arise out of the dust.

Even now, when the last word seems to have been spoken,
we can hope that a word will be spoken again to restore
life. Even now, when Lazarus has already been laid in
the tomb and it seems impossible to do anything about
it, things can change.

And things did change. The Lord raised Lazarus from the

We live in a society where many believe the abortion
issue has been settled, and its practice so deeply
ingrained in our policies and attitudes that it is
unrealistic to think we can stop it.

Yet we are the people who say to Jesus, "Even now..."

Even after tens of millions of aborted children and
wounded mothers and fathers, even after multiple
reaffirmations of Roe vs. Wade by the courts, even
after decades of slow and frustrating efforts to stop
the killing, even now the evil of abortion can be


Lord Jesus, even now, you are master of life and death.
I come before you as Martha did after Lazarus has died.
I come before you after countless brothers and sisters
of mind have died from abortion. And I pray to you:
even now, you can stop the forces of death. Even now,
you can bring us into a culture of life.

Come, Lord Jesus. Speak your word yet again, and free
our nation from the shackles of death, for you live and
reign forever and ever. AMEN.


Yours for Life,

David Bereit
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

P.S.- Here's that link one more time for tonight's event:

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40 Days for Life
3515-B Longmire #316
College Station, TX

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