Holding vigil in the rain: why do they do it?

The 40 Days for Life movement held its final 2021 prayer vigil outside the Washington Street, Barre Planned Parenthood clinic yesterday afternoon.

More than twenty vigil prayer warriors braved a steady rain for the better part of an hour to offer public witness and prayer on the sidewalk, organizer Tom Kelly said.

Kelly and others have been the targets of verbal abuse, thrown eggs, and a threatened hit and run. Quoting from a 40 Days for Life guidebook, he reminded supporters in an email this morning just why they put up with it.

“When Carol Everett, a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she said, ‘It was unconditional love,’ shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the abortion clinic where she worked. He told Carol that ‘God had sent him’ because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ’s ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to ‘get out’ of their bondage and sin. What a high calling it is – much higher than any presidential appointment to another country.”

With the U.S. Supreme Court about to consider a challenge against the Texas law severely restricting abortions, Kelly said his group will continue to pray. “We will continue our prayer to end abortion in our community, our state, our nation and the world, all in His time. The next campaign: March 2 thru April 10, 2022.”

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