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Thanking God for Life
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Prayer Vigil Update #5: Thanking God for Life

By Elena Chou

It is November, known to many as a month for thankfulness. In celebration, one Christian magazine, “The King’s Blooming Rose,” is hosting a challenge to encourage subscribers to record at least seven reasons for gratitude each day throughout the month. I first saw this challenge in October and thought it would be a creative way to recount the blessings that the Lord has provided me.

On the night of November 1st, I began to pregnant-belly-man-woman-hands-heart-freedigitalphotosmentally list seven things that I am thankful for. A few that immediately came to mind were: Thank you God for a loving and godly mother; thank you too for my father, whose hard work enables us to put delicious food on the table; thank you for continually guiding me on the right path; thank you for the life you have given me. … Then I stopped.

All of a sudden, it occurred to me that having life is what enables me to enjoy all these things! Without the gift of physical life, I would not be here. Without the gift of spiritual life, I would be living in spiritual darkness. My ability to enjoy life depends not only on my physical birth, but more importantly, on my spiritual birth. I thought about this for a moment and finished my list by writing: Thank you God for saving me, and thank you for giving me a mother who taught me to value the sanctity of life.

That night, when Mom and I attended the candlelight vigil outside the baby-killing center on the Alameda, that same thought returned to me and I wondered why I was spared from the abortion holocaust. How many girls who would have been my age failed to survive? What would their life have been like, and who would they have become? Thinking this reminded me of a poem I came across online:

where are the black cars driving slow?
where are the people dressed in black clothes,
where are their tears and where are their cries?
where is the dimming of too-blue skies?
where is the funeral liturgy read?
where are the flowers to honor the dead?
where is my coffin and where is the earth
that would have held promise of someday-birth?
where is my headstone with epitaph, dates?
where is my name said with tender regrets?
where is my spirit and where is my body,
where is there even a memory of me?
where is my mommy and where am I?
where did she leave me and why?

Reading this poem aloud makes me cry each time. This is a heart-wrenching truth: these precious children entered their mother’s womb only to be abandoned and murdered by the ones who were called to love and nourish them.

Dear brothers and sisters, we are in a spiritual battle that calls us to actively “deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). God has promised that “if my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). This is a sobering and beautiful promise.

In this month for thankfulness, let us gather together as a body to pray for the end of abortion, thanking God for each precious life that He will spare. Please join us this Saturday at Planned Parenthood on the Alameda. We hope to see you there.


Posted on Nov 14, 2013

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