“Be cheerful with every gift you make… Give to the Most High as he has given to you, just as generously as you can. The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.” (Sirach 35: 9-11)
I really feel like one of the winning edges of the pro-life movement today is cheerfulness. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have truth on our side, but we also need the joy of the Lord and faith in His goodness. Because we have this unfailing joy and faith, even in our times of need and sadness, we have hope. We can be cheerful in our work for Life because we know that you can never “out-give” God! So let every conversation you have about the pro-life cause emanate with that joy. These conversations can be “gifts” to open someone’s eyes. Do not be dragged into an angry exchange of words. We can give gifts of time cheerfully by volunteering at a crisis-pregnancy center, praying outside an abortion mill, or marching in a local parade under the banner of LIFE. And gifts of treasure can make the difference between life and death for the unborn and their mothers. “The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.” Not that we undertake any of these endeavors for payment, but maybe you can use this thought to either add to your cheerfulness or encourage some to bubble up when you need it!
Update on Forest View:
Forest View remains closed after nine weeks. Praise God! You can see pictures from the Jericho March held at Forest View on May 4 on our website (www.NorthWestFamiliesforLife.weebly.com). Thank you, Elizabeth and Dany from Couples for Christ and St. Emily’s for sharing your photography talents!
We will continue to go where the women and babies need us the most by holding our regular Thursday vigil at Dr. Goyal’s Wood Dale clinic (Advantage Medical, 203 E. Irving Park Rd) where we encounter some of the employees and clients from Forest View with love and hope. We will be there from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm this Thursday, May 30, and next, at least. We are still in great need of prayer warriors from 10:30 – 12:00 pm. Laura could really use a prayer buddy for this time! Find out what standing vigil is like at our website. If you can make it, it would be a wonderful gift!
We will keep you updated about when and IF Forest View reopens!
News from the last two Thursdays’ Wood Dale vigils:
** On Thursday, May 16 we estimate that THREE children were murdered by a man calling himself a doctor.
** One young couple was there getting birth control pills. We were able to give them a fact sheet about the increased incidence of breast cancer among women who take oral contraceptives. In fact, the World Health Organization lists estrogen-progesterone oral contraceptives (the pill) in the highest level of cancer-causing agents. You can read more about this link, as well as the link between abortions and breast cancer here: www.abortionbreastcancer.com/press_releases/130304/index.htm and at the home page for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer www.abortionbreastcancer.com
** On Thursday, May 23, we estimate that again THREE babies’ hearts were stopped and their mothers’ hearts were damaged.
** There was a SAVE! Laura arrived after the woman had already entered the clinic. However, her boyfriend Josh was walking back out to the car. Laura was able to share with him all of the resources available. He told her that they already have a 6 month-old baby and Josh himself is only 19 years old. With prayer support, Josh went back inside and came out with his girlfriend and child still safe! The young woman gave a shy smile as she took literature about the Women’s Center. We pray for on-going courage from the Holy Spirit for this couple.
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