Saturday, November 5, 2011
Day 39 - this is the kensington clinic
This... is the Kensington Clinic.
& as these 40 days count themselves to their end, this is the view that has been imprinted on my mind, in my heart, in my prayers.
We stood on the street corner... (it's getting colder here in Calgary), and i was glad i ran back to get my scarf before coming. It was quieter than it usually is for a Wednesday afternoon. There was less bustle, less coming and going...
My friend Alissa had created a new sign - (it's a link to a website that is educational - but graphic, so go there knowing that it is not something that a prolifer necessarily needs to see.) She also brought a picture she painted in university - of a tiny baby in utero... and i had my trusty, blue, faded message... "you are loved..."
Together, this trio of offerings garnered many curious looks as we stood in the cold praying and talking across from the abortion clinic.
A truck slowed as it passed us, and i could see a woman in the front seat - her lips moving as she read our signs. They circled around and pulled up to the curb next to us... Nervously, i approached their window. i was prepared for whatever might come, because i believe so deeply in what we're doing, and i know that even the harsh conversations often bring about the seeds of doubt that flower into a change of heart...
"What's this all about?" They asked mildly.
"We're here praying for an end to abortion." i responded.
"Well..." The man said slowly, "That would be a good thing..."
"Can we come pray too?" The woman asked.
i was startled by their response and invited them to come. One of my friends, needing to leave anyway, left the sidewalk so that we wouldn't break the 'no more than 4 people on the sidewalk' rule, and we got the chance to talk some more before we had to leave to get home to little ones, dinner, violin lessons...
They had both seen the devastation of abortion in friends and family; the affects both physical and psychological. They both agreed fervently that the killing needs to come to an end, and that prayer is a powerful tool to bring that about.
As Alissa & i drove away, we left them on the sidewalk... heads bowed in prayer... and i laughed to God that i had expected anger when that truck pulled over, but instead was witnessing two unexpected blessings. They had stopped what they were doing, where they were going - and pulled over on a busy street to climb out in the cold, and cry out to a compassionate God for the sake of the unborn.
i made this little movie to celebrate all that has been accomplished worldwide in the past 40 days of prayer, fasting and community outreach. i hope we can use this teeny clip - to inspire others to join us on our knees as we plead with God to change our nation. Feel free to share it, to bring it to your church group or prolife friends.
Prayer changes everything...