Thank you, to everyone that attended Saturday’s Emerald Coast Coalition for Life event! We had a great turnout! The article attached, in the link on this post does a wonderful job capturing this night for life in our community! Please take a moment to read. The Emerald Coast Coalition for Life, still needs your financial assistance. Donations can be sent to the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life, PO Box 543, Bagdad, FL 32530. (The Emerald Coast Coalition for Life: Making a difference, one life at a time.)
The Santa Rosa Press Gazette ran a front page article about 40 Days For Life Pensacola and the Emerald Coast Coalition For Life in the November 2, 2013, edition. The author does a very nice job summarizing what these ministries mean to our community. Thank you, Santa Rosa Press Gazette for being the first media outlet in the Pensacola area to give the topic of abortion the press it deserves! Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless!
We want to thank the prayer volunteers from St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Pensacola, for standing vigil today, on the last day of 40 Days for life. We wish to thank all the volunteers who have helped cover the 480 hours that makes up 40 consecutive days of prayerful witness in our community.
The 40 Days for Life campaign may have ended today, but the work is not done. We are building on the tremendous momentum of this campaign. From the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life event last night to the Jericho March today in Pensacola, the pro-life community is ready to FULLY engage our community. We are ready to spread the good news of the pro-life movement. We are willing and ready to be a constant presence on the side walks in front of our local abortion clinic. Together we are witnessing the end of abortion in Pensacola through the Grace of God, because we have humbled ourselves, and sought the face of God, our Father in heaven is beginning to heal our city from the sin of abortion. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
During this campaign alone, we have witnessed a steady decline in the number of abortions from week to week in Pensacola. On both abortion days in Pensacola the number of abortions has decreased to at least 70% of their pre-40 Days for Life numbers. Praise the Lord! During this campaign we were able to confirm that eleven (11) mothers chose life. Hundreds of new people became involved in this fall’s 40 DFL campaign. Mothers and fathers seeking healing after abortion were given information about healing after abortion ministries. And, we continue to reach out to the abortion clinic workers with love and compassion.
We hope that everyone that receives this message in the Pensacola area will continue to pray with us on the side-walk beyond these 40 Days. Miracles are waiting for you.
On the heels of the completion of a 24 hour continuous prayer vigil by the Knights of Columbus from Saint Rose of Lima, those gathered in prayer in front of the abortion clinic this morning witnessed two mothers choose life! One mother spoke with some side walk counselors and stated that she couldn’t do it. She got in her car and drove away. Another mother, left just after the first mother chose life. She left waiving and smiling at those in prayer this morning, giving sincere gestures of thanks. Let us rejoice in the works of the Lord!
Once again the number of abortions are down for substantially. Most Fridays prior to the 40 Days for Life, there would be at least 30 or more clients at the clinic. This morning there were approximately 10. This is no doubt a direct correlation to the prayer and fasting taking place. Amen!
There are several events over the next few days to note.
This Saturday (tomorrow, November 2) evening at 7 PM we will be celebrating LIFE at the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life fundraising event. There are still seats available. This is an event you do not want to miss. Please RSVP at www.eccfl.org or 850-889-1035.
Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:30 PM we will conclude this fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign with a Jericho March. This will be followed by a Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 PM.
Devotional for Day 39, November 2, 2013
Carmen Pate, Truth in Action Ministries
Intention: Pray that volunteers will replace exhaustion or discouragement with rejoicing over the miracles we have seen thus far, and enthusiastic service as God takes us on to victory!
Scripture: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. — 1 Peter 1:6-7
Reflection: We have reason to rejoice when we consider the many babies whose lives have been saved during the 40 Days for Life campaign. Add to those lives, the women and men who have been spared from a devastating decision and now have opportunity to make a plan for their baby that is both life affirming and God honoring. Whether directly, or indirectly, you have contributed to these testimonies of praise with your sacrificial service. Perhaps you have been grieved by various trials during your commitment to 40 days.
The attacks of the enemy come in many forms — difficulties in relationships, finances, health. Or maybe you are physically and mentally exhausted and have been marking off the days on your calendar, eagerly waiting for Day 40. Consider these trials in light of God’s plan for you. The Apostle Paul understood the big picture when he said in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” This is our Hope and our victory. Let us rejoice in the opportunity to give that Hope to others in our path.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us. You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have no might. We rest in You dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us. May You receive glory through our victory in Christ, in whose name we pray, amen.
Thank you to St. Paul Catholic Church for 12 solid hours of prayer coverage in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility today! Thursday and Friday we have 24 hour coverage by the St. Rose of Lima, Knights of Columbus, who will stand vigil from 6am October 31 until 6am Nov 1 (ALL SAINTS DAY). What a beautiful display of union among the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, and the Church Triumphant during All Hallows Eve and into All Saints Day!
Thank you for living the beatitudes. We know as Our Lord promises, “Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be satisfied. ”
What graces and miracles await as we FINISH these 40 Days STRONG? Let’s see…
Devotional for Day 37, October 31, 2013 Carmen Pate, Truth in Action Ministries
Intention: Pray that we will each submit our- selves this day as a living sacrifice to God, giving all that we have in us for those being sacrificed on the altar of convenience.
Scripture: I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reason- able service. — Romans 12:1
Reflection: Since all things are for His glory, we are to offer ourselves for that purpose. This of course is in sharp contrast to those who are being swayed by the enemy to sacrifice their babies on the al- tar of convenience, rather than choosing to surrender their all, including their unborn child, to the Lord for His purposes. A career, education goals, or even a boyfriend can unknowingly become an idol for some young women. In their minds, abortion is a convenient way to “rid themselves” of an obstacle in the way of their “worship.” In light of the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, and the fruit of God’s mercies on our lives, we owe God our highest form of praise and worship.
Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices is therefore reasonable service. We were made to worship God and to worship God alone. The enemy who seeks worship for himself distorts God’s truth regarding worship, sacrifice, idols, and children. As you have given of yourself to rescue those who are perishing—the young woman as well as her child—you are worshiping God in the truest sense of the word. May your prayerful example lead an abortion minded client to turn away from her idols to worship the one true God, sparing her child from the altar of convenience, and sparing herself from a lifetime of regret.
Prayer: God Almighty, You alone are worthy of our praise and worship. Having accepted Your Son’s sacrifice on my behalf, I in turn present my body to you as a living sacrifice. Thank you for deeming me holy and acceptable because of Christ’s shed blood for me. I pray that you would use me as your vessel to rescue others who are perish- ing. Through Christ who is Our Glory, amen.
In just 36 days God has shown us what prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil can d0. Already 408 children have been spared from abortion, hundreds of post-abortive parents have accepted Christ’s mercy and started their road to healing through ministries like Rachel’s Vineyard, Healing after Abortion, and hundreds of clinic workers have come to realized that they deserve better and have left the abortion clinic with the help of organizations like ATTWN: And Then There Were None. Please remember these very important people in your prayers today, and ask our Lord to continue to strengthen them in their journey with Him! Thank you Lord Jesus for touching each and every one of these precious lives this 40 days!
Let’s finish strong here in Pensacola, Thursday and Friday are abortion days. Our closing ceremony on November 3 is approaching. Please join the campaign in a Jericho March at 2:30 pm, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm, and a Rosary. Let’s ask Jesus to shine his rays of redemptive mercy on our local abortion facility as we close this Fall 2013 40 Days for Life Campaign in Pensacola.
Devotional for Day 36, October 30, 2013
Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life Intention: May the Lord of Light and Life unite us, shine in us and through us to make a difference in the darkness.
Scripture: For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. — Ephesians 5:8-11
Reflection: For centuries physicists debated the nature of light. Two theories surfaced. The “corpuscular theory” maintained that light consisted of particles emitted from a light source. This explained some properties of light, but not all. The “wave theory” stated that light emitted from its source as waves. Again, this explained some properties of light but not all. So, the debate continued. Did light consist of particles or waves? In the early twentieth century, Albert Einstein answered the question—“Yes!” (And you thought Einstein was complicated!) He showed that light consists of “particles,” little bundles of energy called “photons.” However, when all of these photons zip along together, they behave as a wave. Sometimes pro-life Christians can feel like a photon, a little particle of light, and we wonder if we can possibly make a difference in a world of darkness and death.
The Bible, however, never talks about a “child of light” only “children of light.” When Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world,” “You” is plural. When you and I shine in the darkness, others shine with us. We are pro-life “pho- tons” that form a wave of light that can and does make a difference in the darkness. We are compelled to do so. Jesus hung and suffered on the darkness of the cross and paid the bloody price for our sins. Now the light of His empty tomb shines upon us through His Spirit cleansing us and declaring us “children of light.” But we are called to be more than “glow in the dark” children of light. We are to “walk as children of light” and take no part in the “unfruitful works of darkness.” But it does not stop with passive restraint. We “pho- tons” are called to action, to “expose” the works of darkness. 40 Days for Life epitomizes this. Our prayer, witness, and truth spoken in love seeks to expose the darkness of death and bring others into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. When we stand and pray, we never stand alone. The Light of the World is there and He joins you with your fellow “lights of the world.” The wave of light He produces shatters the darkness. It changes and saves lives. Shine on fellow photons!
Prayer: Shine Jesus, shine in us and through us into the darkness and upon those struggling in the darkness that they might be drawn to the Light of Life. Amen.
This is how one of our local priests described 40 Days for Life. It is 40 Days of Love. We bring the love of Jesus Christ to the darkest place in our town. When we go in love, hearts and minds are changed. Let us always proclaim the love and mercy of our Lord!
Devotional for Day 35, October 29, 2013
Carmen Pate, Truth in Action Ministries
Intention: Pray for post-abortive women who cannot forgive themselves; may they understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Scripture: Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sin is covered. Blessed is the one to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. — Romans 4:7-8
Reflection: In the passage above, the Apostle Paul making a point about justification by faith, refers back to David’s words in Psalm 32:1-2. In spite of the enormity of David’s sin, adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband—and the utter absence of any personal merit, David in his brokenness, understood the imputed righteousness of God. David’s response was not continued guilt over his sins, but praise for his freedom from guilt, and God’s power to live life differently. Once your relationship with God has been restored, your guilt has served its purpose and should no longer be given place in your life. This is true regard- less of the particular sin, including the sin of abortion. As a post-abortive woman, I too struggled with this issue until I realized that
punishing and hating myself after receiving God’s forgiveness was an insult to God. It was as though I were minimizing Christ’s work on the cross as insufficient to cover my sin. I was denying Him the opportunity to bring glory to His name for the healing and restoration He wanted to do in my life. I was giving victory to the enemy who having lost the battle for my soul, was bent on destroying my testimony as I accepted the continual guilt he heaped on my mind. It is my joy to continually sing of God’s grace rather than give the devil a foot- hold in my life. Don’t waste God’s mercy! Accept His forgiveness and forgive yourself as testimony of His amazing grace.
Prayer: Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace that saved a wretch like me. I come against the enemy of my soul who would have me feel cast down and dejected. Lord, keep your children from falling prey to the accusations of the father of lies. Turn our mourning into dancing and may we bring praise to you as we give testimony of Your healing and restoration in our lives. For by His grace we are saved, amen.
Thank you to all today that prayed to end abortion today in Pensacola. This is the last week of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. Give it your all this last week for life!
Devotional for Day 34, October 28, 2013
Rev. Paul Stallsworth, President, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)
Intention: May we come to know that divine life, in relationship, creates human life.
Scripture: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. —John 1:1-3
Reflection: “In the beginning” was God. Always, before all times, there was God. This particular God — the God of the Bible, the God of St. John’s Gospel — is different from all other gods. This God is alive and full of life. This God is not the picture of deadness and death, alone- ness and isolation. This God is the picture of life, relation- ship, and unity. For within this God, within this one God, there are three di- vine persons who live, who love, and who work — together. This is the glorious mystery of the Trinity. The Trinity means divine life. The Trinity means three, living Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who relate to each other. The Trinity means mutual love and service among three Persons.
The Word was always with God the Father. This Word was, is, and will be the Trinity’s second person. The Word is also the Son of God or, as revealed in time, Jesus Christ. God the Father and God the Son live, love, and work for each other. As one, they create “all things” together: the Father creates all things, including all human life, through the Son. So the Father, through the Son, creates all human lives. The little one swimming in his mother’s womb, the infant smiling in his father’s arms, the child crying in pain in a hospital bed, the energetic teen running another mile, the old man gasping for his last breath — all were created, at their beginning, by the Father through the Son. No exceptions. Divine life creates human life.
Prayer: O God, may we always be quick to call you Father. And when we call you father, let your Spirit remind us that we, and all people, from their beginning to their last day, are your children. We praise you, Father, that you sent your Son to reveal to the world that all people are His brothers and sisters, that all people are your children. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Thank to everyone that came out to pray today.
One week from today our community will be blessed with a wonderful pro-life event to close out our local 40 Days for Life campaign. You are invited to attend this event. Join us as speaker Chad Judice shares his amazing testimony of the impact his unborn child had on an entire community. Please let us know if you and guests will be attending as food will be served next Saturday evening. There is no cost to attend but donations will be accepted by the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life, the non-profit organization which funds 40 Days for Life in Pensacola.
Place: St Anne Bellview, 5200 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola (Family Life Center)
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 7 PM
RSVP: by Tuesday, October 29th by calling the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life at 850-889-1035 or registering online at http://www.eccfl.org/
Here is a preview of our keynote speaker! We hope to see all of you there!
Devotional for Day 33, October 27, 2013
Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
Intention: May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.
Scripture: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. — Psalm 8:3-9
Reflection: How often we ignore the phrase, “stop and smell the roses” and instead submit to the all too “urgent” task at hand. Is this tendency what keeps us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God’s care for His sacred creation is paramount in His own mind? The Psalmist speaks of God’s handiwork: the heavens, the work of his “fingers,” and then points to God’s master- piece – human life. He declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in His thoughts. God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as
we might be, by thoughts of something “more important.” God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or re- placed, which surpasses the beauty of all other created things – the human being. There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human beings. There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or desire to be in communion with us. Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares for Life. We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.
Prayer: Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life. Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thank you to the members St. Peters Catholic church and all others who prayed for 12 hours today in front of the abortion facility today. Your peaceful, prayerful witness is making a huge impact. Yesterday, we wrote about how the numbers on Thursdays have dropped. Well, then number of abortions on Fridays has dropped significantly as well. This is another testament to the power of prayer and fasting. All glory and honor goes to God!
This morning, one of the vigil participants, new to 40 Days for Life, noted how she can see standing peacefully in prayer makes a difference. Her statement is so true. It does make a HUGE difference.
Devotional for Day 32, October 26, 2013
Rev. John Ensor, vice president, Heartbeat International
Intention: As we pray for the end of abortion, let us pray for the expansion of the pregnancy help center movement worldwide.
Scripture: The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne. — Revelation 12:4-5
Reflection: You don’t need to be a theological scholar to get the essential point of Revelation 12. Something BIG is afoot. It has something to do with the birth of Christ and the children of God. It involves a war in heaven, with powers and principalities beyond our expertise. But the battles are fought here on earth. The crux of the matter centers around the babe of Bethlehem and the cross of Calvary. It continues to unfold down through the ages, through us, the children of God, who put their faith in Christ and take up their cross and follow him. We are waging a war of love against all things that destroy body and soul. The intensity waxes and wanes, but like labor pains, they grow and culminate in new life. The unleashing of legal abortion nearly 40 years ago stirred up prayer (lamentation really). Many were then led to start pregnancy help centers and maternity homes. Today there are over 3,000 such ministries that did not exist 40 years ago. They reflect a movement of God on our watch: Christians driven to give their time and charity to end abortion one woman at a time. Let’s pray this movement expands worldwide. Let’s pray for thousands more Christians to start, serve and support pregnancy help centers.
Prayer: O God, from generation to generation, you have called your people to be the very aroma of life amidst a culture of death. Now it is our turn. Prepare me. Send me. Use me. I am eager to do my part. Stir your people every where to take up this great work.