And from Sean Carney, August 24, 2016: “We’ve just received word that an abortion center where eight 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place has gone out of business — the Planned Parenthood facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. “
Do you ever feel like getting to know someone else is not worth the effort it will cost you? I felt that way sometimes. I have been hurt by very close family and friends. The situations were not related to abortion but it was still betrayal. So, like many people who have been betrayed, trust became an issue for me…trusting others and trusting in my own judgement.
Thankfully, I never lost trust in God.
I told a friend one day… “I have never hated God in any of this.”
“God doesn’t make junk.” People have forgotten that God made us. Each and everyone of us- was, is and always will be a person made and loved by God. Even a renowned atheist can see the beauty of the human spirit!
Through prayer, and seeing first hand how God used my situation to help others, I was renewed and now always look forward to meeting new people. For however long or short the time, I know that God has placed people in my life and me in theirs for a purpose. I like getting to know them.
As Lisa so clearly captured in pictures and words in the previous post, Pittsburgh Team Members Join the Worldwide 40 Days Family, getting to know people from other cities and countries was a highlight of the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE Summer Symposium. When you get to know someone, you find out just how much you have in common.
The topic of discussion at the symposium was serious. Abortion is a topic from which many people will walk away. 40 DAYS FOR LIFE confronts abortion because abortion confronts us all, each and every day. One of the things I took away from the meeting in Orlando was that many people in the pro-life community are post abortive and that all of us have been impacted by abortion. Through 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, the post abortivecan turn their pain into the power to help others make life affirming choices.
Listen to David Bereit tell the story of how the seeds for 40 DAYS FOR LIFE were planted in the hearts of four young people. In this video, David talks to Students for Life. As it turns out, a father on his deathbed, pleaded with his own son, a friend of David’s also named David, to do something to bring an end to abortion. David explains why the plea was so powerful. David calls witnessing for an end to abortion “the greatest civil rights issue of our time”.
UNITED is the theme for the Fall 40 DAYS FOR LIFE campaign. How inspired is UNITED at a time when the our nation in particular, and the world in general, is so divided? That which brings family members closer- newborns, weddings, funerals, crisis can also tear people apart.
With 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, we celebrate newborns and mourn the death of the aborted. May the UNITED theme of 40 DAYS FOR LIFE strengthen our resolve to see that the world welcomes and treasures the unborn. May we all, as a people, join together in helping all women, who are considering abortion, see that the baby is a blessing, not a crisis. Help a woman get to know her baby. Help the father get to know the mother and baby.
Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me!
“You know better than anybody else that as a mother you are bonding with your ‘bellybaby’ You are already getting to know your baby before you’ve even seen him. You know exactly what each kick and turn means. And your baby knows you too! He tastes, hears and feels your mood!”
“The taste of the amniotic fluid depends on your condition and your mood. Every time your baby takes a little sip of this fluid, he tastes the changes. He has a much larger number of taste buds than an older child or adult. Also, the taste buds cover an even larger area, the entire oral cavity. He is a master taster. Research has shown that if you suddenly experience something stressful, the taste of the amniotic fluid changes. Small changes, such as during a chat with the neighbor, are not easy to measure. But when you, as a mother, talk with full attention to your baby, it’s usually accompanied with a lot of emotion. And he will taste that. Such intense emotions help your baby to understand your ‘talk’ better. Similar emotions help your baby to learn to speak after birth.”