John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
With the outcome of the election three weeks ago, we figured that one scripture passage of encouragement might not be enough. But God is our “enough.” He who is, who was, and who always will be. God does not change because of an election and neither will we. We will not lose hope. We will not be downcast. We will persevere and keep doing everything we can to protect the unborn. It may not be getting any easier for us, but our help is in the Lord as it always has been.
On Thanksgiving, we pray that you and your families will find many reasons to give thanks!
We wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving!
P.S. Need a little more up-lifting? Watch this 5 minute video of women living at Heather’s House, a home for women in crisis pregnancies in Des Plaines. It’s a real joy to see these children of God and the “angels” who help them! www.helpaidforwomen.org/our-video
News from the last three Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, November 1, we estimate FIVE children lost their lives at Forest View.
** We were blessed to be joined in prayer by a wonderful group from Our Lady of Hope and the Knights of Columbus. A big thank you to Jim for organizing this All Saints Day Rosary.
** On Thursday, November 8, we estimate that THREE women made the “choice” to kill the baby in their womb.
** One woman chose LIFE! Laura saw a woman come out of Forest View who had not yet had an abortion, just a pregnancy test. Laura watched as she sat in her car staring hopelessly at the signs by our vigil which state, “Pregnant? Free Help nearby.” As the woman went to leave, Laura approached her car and found out that the baby was not seen as "good news" for this woman and would be a financial strain. However, she looked at Laura with hope in her eyes as she asked about the signs. Laura sent her to the Women's Center where she now has a new lease on Life. If not for those signs, who knows where this desperate woman would be now? And only God knows how many more women have seen these signs and sought help instead of giving in to despair.
** This save happened at 1:00 pm in the afternoon, long after most abortions are complete. This is why we feel it is so important that our vigil run from 7:00 am (when most of the clients arrive) until 1:00 pm (when most are leaving). We never know how God is going to use the prayerful presence. However, sometimes Laura is there alone at this critical time. Would you be willing to join her from 11:30am – 1:00 pm? Even for a half hour? Please call us and let us know. 847-651-4877.
** On Thursday, November 15, we estimate TEN babies died at the hands of a man who calls himself a “doctor.”
** There was a blessing that day. We were informed by the Women’s Center that a woman who had an abortion at Forest View a few weeks earlier was coming in for post-abortive counseling. The most amazing part is that she was referred to the Women’s Center by an employee of Forest View! Please pray that this employee may be experiencing a change of heart and will embrace life. Also, please pray for this post-abortive woman. She has had several abortions and needs the healing power of God.
** You can reach out to those who have been harmed by abortion and share God’s love. Here is a phone number and website for help: 1-888-456-HOPE, www.AbortionRecovery.org