Saturday, December 31, 2011

Defund Abortion in Alberta

Do you think it's possible? 
i'd love to find out. 
HERE is a link to their facebook page, and HERE is a link to the petition that has over 300 signatures at the time of this writing.  Would you consider adding yours?

i have felt a small but significant change in my heart as of late. 

i do think that i could see the day that abortion is again, "unthinkable"... We're getting closer.  Women and men have been exposed to too many ultrasound pictures, recordings of beautiful little hearts beating hopefully, "whoosh, whoosh...", videos of babies - only weeks old - growing in their mama's wombs. 

The wake up call is beginning.  Hope is stirring...

Can you feel it? 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Years Resolution

For those of you who make New Years Resolutions: Would you consider putting the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil on there? It starts on February 22nd... & i know it will be coooold out there - looking for the warmth of YOUR company as we stand on that sidewalk & pray for those whose lives are in danger...
The more i pray about this issue... the more i am struck by it's importance.  This work... these prayers... they matter.

Some of my friends have told me to, "keep asking me..."
Don't worry... i will.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Perfect Sign

There likely isn't one... i know...
But this is a question that i ask myself again and again as i prepare my mind and heart for the 40 Day prayer vigil that is set to begin in 2 months. 
There is often division among prolifers over methods, wording, attitudes etc...
We've even had disagreements about signs on this tiny blog. 
We need more discussion - more understanding for each other - more sharing of wisdom & opinions... more soul searching. 
Why does it matter? 
It matters because the signs that we wear at the Kensington Clinic are likely the last prolife messages that these women will see before making a final decision about the wee life they are carrying.  It matters because we are a last line of defence.  It matters because God loves these families... and so too must we.  It matters because "they will know we are Christians by our love".  It matters because we want the signs to be compelling - because this is life and death we're talking about. 
Let's just face it... If we're going to choose to wear a sign to an abortion clinic... the message on that sign matters. 
This doesn't mean we'll all wear the same sign.  We will all fill in different gaps, we'll appeal to different hurting individuals, we'll be authentic - and because we're authentic, we'll be diverse. 
My faithful little sign that i've worn for the past year has a simple message, "You are loved." The reverse states, "Life is a Gift". 
Other signs read, "Look at the Ultrasound", "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart", or simply, "40 Days for Life". 
We're facing a difficult situation here at the Kensington clinic.  We're not allowed to cross that road.  We're not allowed to speak - unless spoken to.  We're limited in our access and in our numbers... What words would reach into that desperate situation... What words could cut through the pain, fear and numbness - to the heart of a mother or father... What words would have the deepest impact... while leaving the smallest wound? 
i'm thinking of words today like, "Can i help?", "Ask me why i'm here"...
But even these... and the blinking cursor that i stared at for minutes as my wracked my brain for that perfect combination of words that would stop a course of action... seem so insufficient. 
The truth is... they are. 
& so we bathe them in tears and prayer.  We allow our hearts to break with compassion and we bring our requests brokenly to our Maker. 
Oh, God... prepare my heart... & give me the words. 

What would the perfect sign say?  Why? If you had the chance to speak... what would you say? 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Repeat Abortions - why?

by linda

Almost half the abortions that occur in North America are repeat abortions.
There are several factors. According to Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, pregnancy is a biorhythm (this is not New Age junk science.) Sleep is also a biorhythm. If you wake up in the middle of the night your body tells you to go back to sleep. Similarly many women who abort (an interruption to the biological process of pregnancy) feel the urge to get pregnant again.
Sometimes the same circumstances that caused them to abort in the first place are still present so they abort again. Sometimes the mother thinks she is unworthy of being a mother because she already aborted one child. Repeat abortions can be a sign of self-punishment.
And sometimes (and this is a big one) we repeat what we don't understand in the hopes of mastering it. This explains not only repeat abortions but why abused women stay with abusers, why some women keep sleeping around looking for love, etc.

Instead of being repulsed by the self-destructive behaviour of others ask them, "How can I help you to heal?"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

on being green...

by linda

We hear a lot these days about being "green", how evil animal cruelty is, and how great pro-"choice" politicians are. In response to that I have one thing to say:
What is the point of saving the whales and the forests when we are aborting and contracepting ourselves out of existence? There will be nobody here to enjoy the pristine world these people envision. I recycle, I like animals, and I try to respect politicians - especially when they don't know any better, but respecting human life and saving human children should be a bigger priority.

And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. Genesis 1:28

We are to be careful stewards of nature but we are also to be careful stewards of our fertility and the children entrusted to our care. If nobody is here to populate the earth - what is the point of being green??

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 9th - Day of fasting and prayer for PEI

Prolife groups are calling tomorrow, December 9th, a day of fasting and prayer for PEI.  It is currently the most difficult place to get an abortion on demand in Canada & is under fire for their unusual limitations.  (Abortions are available if a woman gets two referrals - or without paperwork, she can pay out of pocket at a private clinic). 
Tomorrow i will be praying for God's hand of protection on PEI, that these limitations wouldn't be stripped, so that women will be given every opportunity to rethink this life-ending decision.  Will you join me?