Thursday, February 18, 2016

DAY 9: Sleep is Overrated

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Have you ever prayed outside an abortion facility at midnight? What about 2 am? Or 3 am?

Right now, there are many 40 Days for Life vigils that take place 24-hours every day.

If you’ve never been to an overnight vigil … or just want to see what it’s like … watch this short video, featuring Steve Karlen, our North American campaign director, that was recorded at a 24-hour vigil in Wisconsin.

The natural question can be, “What possible good are you doing out there in the middle of the night? The place is closed … and nobody sees you!

The abortion facility is closed … but God doesn’t hear or answer prayers based on their business hours. Abortion survives on distraction in our busy world … and there are no distractions in the still and silent hours of the night.

We saw the power of all-day, all-night prayer during the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Texas in 2004 … when the Knights of Columbus created the Knight Shift. They committed to pray on the sidewalks outside the abortion business – every night – from 11 pm to 7 am.

There’s something special about the non-stop prayer witness that’s hard to explain. I encourage you to watch this video … and if you’re able, pray at your closest vigil — night or day.

Tempe, Arizona
 
 
When pro-abortion Planned Parenthood supporters came to protest the 40 Days for Life vigil, at first glance it looked like a circus had come to town.
 
Lisa in Tempe said the demonstrators included a woman in a pink bikini (it’s Arizona; it’s warm there) and a man in a pink tutu, and their event featured lots of loud music and profanity. Other women danced and jumped while shouting vulgarities about God and religion.
 
The vigil participants’ only response was continued peaceful prayer – “united in prayer and not divided; all one body, one in hope and one in charity.”
 
Lisa said the demonstration appeared to be a last-chance effort by Planned Parenthood. “We are making a big difference in Tempe. The Planned Parenthood supporters do not want us there. We will continue on … with prayer and fasting as our only weapons until the battle is won, for the glory of God.”
 
Spring Valley, New York
 
 
“Bitter cold temperatures and winds could not deter those brave people who came every hour on the hour to stand for protecting the most innocent among us,” said Eileen from Spring Valley. This vigil is across from a Planned Parenthood abortion center.
 
Fortunately, there are life-affirming services that volunteers can rely on to assist women who need help. A pregnancy care center is located nearby … and there’s also a 24-hour hotline available for women looking for options that Planned Parenthood is unwilling to provide. Eileen said these resources “can make all the difference between life and death.”
 
She said the vigil participants “are called to witness with love” – fasting and praying that a predatory business will soon leave their community – and bringing about “the conversion to life of all those involved in this dark culture of death.” 

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