We are in the first week of our 40 Days for LIFE Fall Campaign. Yesterday [10/2], we came to the sidewalk and saw a visitor speaking with our 40 Days team leader. The leader asked me over to hear Jessi’s testimony and to pray for her. What I heard was not a testimony of abortion hell [like mine] or some kind of plot to terrorize prolifers. It was a story of great conviction and grief because Jessi THOUGHT of aborting her first child, not because she did.
You see, Jessi happened upon our 40 Days for LIFE vigil a couple of years ago which triggered her grief of contemplating abortion of her now born daughter. 40 Days for LIFE was there for her then AND now. The peaceful prayer vigil that 40 Days for LIFE offers give EVERYONE a chance to look inward to what abortion is: DEATH. How simple that seems but nonetheless the purpose of a peaceful vigil is to have that chat with our Lord and be a faithful witness to women and girls on the sidewalks of abortion facilities.
Jessi’s testimony is not unusual; it has all the assorted suspects that all testimonies have – no money, unsupportive friends, parents and of course…the EX. BUT thank God that in the midst of all that was attacking her life at that precious time, Jessi chose LIFE for her daughter, who now has a baby sister.
As I said, Jessi’s testimony is NOT unusual, but the outcome is: Abortion is the genie in the bottle for many women that have been spiritually and physically abandoned. Jessi is one of MANY that have been blessed by a 40 Days for LIFE vigil and continues to stand for LIFE!
I saw Jessi’s tears at the absolute terror of considering abortion death. When she looks at her daughter she thinks about how bad of a person she is for having had those thoughts. In the natural, one would think that she is over-thinking it BUT in the super-natural God has forgiven Jessi and blessed her beyond measure, so much so that she was given a beautiful baby sister for her daughter…a built-in best friend.
We saw photos of Jessi’s girl, a beautiful kindergartner. I wish I could say we see more LIFE than death on the sidewalk. Thank you Jessi for sharing and encouraging us! Too often we see childless moms seeking refuge and hope.
Every day on the sidewalk, we see anger, grief, tears, hollow eyes, fear, desperation, death. It’s our resolve to make this sidewalk a place for prayer and supplication, not accepted law. As Christians we need to band together and rally around those in desperate need BEFORE the assumed need of abortion is ever considered. Women and girls come and go in these abortion facilities thinking abortion will solve their problems. All abortion does is kill unborn children…that’s all. Abortion does not pay the rent, the car payments, buys food or makes anyone healthier. Abortion KILLS.
Please consider finding your local 40 Days for LIFE prayer vigil HERE.
Thanks to Steve Karlen of the National 40 Days team for encouragement on 10/1!
Stay tuned for more News you can use from the sidewalk… 🙂