Just posted this on the 24Philly blog:
Went to a breakfast meeting for a 40 day prayer/fast for Life and wanted to let the 24Philly readers know about it.
There will be a peaceful 40 day onsite prayer chain at a local suburban clinic, September 25 until November 3, rain or shine. The appropriate zoning and permits have been secured with the local officials. This is a non-political stand for the future of unborn children. If you are under the age of 35, like me, your life could have been terminated legally in this country – we are the lucky ones, the survivors. I don’t appreciate that my life was in potential jeopardy while in the womb in 1974, but am grateful for my mother’s love and care in bringing me to term. Millions of our would-be friends, classmates, and others were not as fortunate.
Abortion is the last in a long line of sad situations, in which men are always involved. If you are a man you may (indeed should) also stand for life by treating women with respect, to be intolerant of pornography and immoral relationships in your life, to be celibate if single or faithful to your spouse if married, to be open to considering adoption, and to have compassion and care for single moms and their children.
We also can express God’s love and compassion to post-abortive women, as well as those who are on the other side of this issue. Many of us are doing these things, and making a public stand for life is simply another way of expressing one’s beliefs.
On a personal level I am interested in petitioning God for the breakthrough. No political party can change people’s hearts. The hearts of many people must change or else any legal victory will only harden people and anger them. That is why I am also praying for God to break into the hearts of people, and into the church, so that we can meet the needs of people in more relevant ways.
If you are a pastor or leader and read this in the next couple days, there is another breakfast in Abington on September 11. The contact is the Urban Family Council 215-885-4237. I’ve left many specifics out of this blog post, but if you are interested just use the contact information.