16 September 2007

40 Days for Life

From September 26th-November 4th the nation comes together to storm the Heavens with prayer for those who cannot speak for themselves. 40 days of prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil outside of abortion facilities (Planned Parenthood in Hempstead if you live on Long Island).

Prayer is always powerful, but when a nation comes together with the same prayer at the same time, good things happen. Miraculous things happen.

Abortion is at the heart of what Pope John Paul II called the "culture of death" - a societal acceptance and participation in those actions which lower the value of human life. It's been there throughout history waiting to seize our world. Perhaps it first came with slavery and capital punishment, when certain people were deemed not worthy of life. The poor have always been mistreated as if the amount of money in your bank account determines the significance of your existence. Abortion made it okay to take the life of a child before that child even gets to experience life outside of the womb.

Why has our culture accepted this things from time to time? Because it was easier for those in power when slavery was legal. It was easier to put criminals to death than find a jail cell to put them in and keep them alive. It's easier to ignore and belittle the less fortunate than work to get off of our high horse and find ways to better their quality of life. It's easier to murder our unwanted babies than to accept our responsibility and raise them or give them up for adoption.

It only gets worse. Euthanasia, cloning, in-vitro fertilization, stem-cell research, and who knows what else evil has up its sleeve. It comes in the guise of a great help to society. It comes proclaiming to be a savior to mankind's woes. It comes to make life "better". But evil can always be identified when death is its means of achieving its goals.

So let's start with these 40 days. Don't just do what your schedule permits. Do a little more than what your schedule permits. We never quite know just what our prayers are capable of. Maybe, just maybe, this is when the tide begins to turn on the culture of death.

For more info visit 40daysforlife.com and 40daysforlife.com/longisland for my neighbors.


Leticia said...

Nolan, this family is going to go the extra mile to pray, fast and witness in front of the abortion mill these forty days. I want to change the world for my girls, how terrible it is to bring up children in this culture of deaath.

Nolan Reynolds said...

It's true Leticia and it's sadly spiraling out of control. But prayer is the antidote. Oh and thanks for being my first reader to comment!