People are hard.
Sometimes i think that prolifers - Christians - are misunderstood before they've had a chance to say one word. There are so many judgements and assumptions about our position that make a fair dialogue a rare thing.
We're standing at the clinic... and i find myself praying for the woman who is director of the Kensington Clinic. She's a vocal supporter of Canada's prochoice movement - and has little understanding for the heart of the prolifer.
My heart swells and aches for her.
i pray for her in the cold - my limbs almost numb and the cold biting through my fingers holding the sign reading, 'each fragile life is a gift'.
Oh Father - could you help her to see Your heart - and by extension to know that there is no hatred here?
The building is full of one way windows - and i know that they're equipped with cameras - and that there is a good chance that she sees us. She knows that we're here.
Oh, Father - if for just one moment those who march under the banner of choice could see what they're choosing. Oh God - let us understand your love - it's Your love that makes each life precious, and human life worthy of our nurturing protection.
And in a moment - in a breath and a sigh... i lift to my Father all those who work in that clinic across the street. i pray for the janitor, for the receptionists. i pray for the doctors and nurses and "counsellors". i pray for their suppliers and those who make financial gain through this business. i pray for understanding, for repentance and healing...
Beyond the debate - these are the ones actively involved in the abortion industry... How hard it would be to acknowledge truth after being complicit in the killing of so many? Abby Johnson's story gives me hope that those who seem tied by their previous actions will never be too far gone to ever be able to come to see the truth.
Every day, 40 Days for Life sees more abortion workers leaving their jobs and switching sides (the 40 Days for Life website puts the current total at 61 brave individuals). It's never too late.
& so i pray.
& He hears.