Dear Friend of Life:
We’re just a day away from one of the greatest times of the year, and we are reminded what a gift the Father has given us.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
It is a joyous time of year when Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. We are reminded of the love our Lord has for us: that He chose to come to us in human form, born to a young mother willing to accept the blessing the Lord gave her, and sacrificed Himself for us.
We take this reminder with us as our Sidewalk Advocates continue to head out to abortion facilities all over the world in order to “meet others where they’re at” and love mothers-in-crisis into a decision for LIFE. Whatever challenge a woman may be facing that brings her to an abortion facility, we are there to stand in the gap, speak words of peace into her life, and let her know that her life and the life within her is precious.
We remind her that we are with her, and God is with her. She is not alone.
Frequently it is that quiet, peaceful outreach presence on the sidewalk that is a game-changer: a simple conversation that brings love and hope to a woman who otherwise feels her life has just turned upside down.
When God’s people pray, show up, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them, hearts and minds are changed …and lives are saved.
This Christmas season, we will be praising God for all He has done through your sacrificial support in the past 3.5 years…
- 2,711 babies saved
- 849 hopefuls
- 291 turnaways
- 49 workers who have left the business
- 11 facilities that have closed their doors for good
- countless conversations about chastity, pro-life healthcare alternatives and post-abortion healing
And we praise God for the gift of YOU, our dear partners in this great mission!
Thank you again for all of the prayers and support you give Sidewalk Advocates for Life as we seek to save lives, impact eternal souls, and end abortion through the power of love on the sidewalk at abortion facilities all around the United States and beyond!
From our National Team — Lauren, Bethany, Susan, Carie, Christina, Jenna, Nate & Jeff — as well as our Board of Directors — Juan, Elissa, Michael & Chris …have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
In His Love, for Life,
Sidewalk Advocates for Life
P.S. — Our end-of-the-year financial campaign is running until January 1, and we are currently short of goal. If your heart is moved by this work, would you consider a gift of $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more to help us close the gap? You can make a tax-deductible gift of support here:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We appreciate you! Merry Christmas!
DEVOTIONAL (November 23 – December 31, 2017): “The World Turned Upside Down”
by Christina Faucett, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Verses: In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1:26-33
Reflection: The world was saved by an unplanned pregnancy. I know it’s a bit cliché, but this is the season for remembering those things we have heard a hundred times before. We should remember how messy it was: an unwed mother, a father who wasn’t really the baby’s father – whom everyone must have considered either a sinner or a fool – a birth in a stable surrounded by animals and strangers, fleeing to a foreign country in terror in the middle of the night. It’s not the way any of us would choose to start a family, but it’s the way God choose to bring us into His.
It wasn’t really unplanned, of course. It had been planned from before the beginning of the world. It was foretold in the Garden of Eden: “[H]e will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” (Genesis 3:15). But to everyone but God it must have been surprising. In the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs: such a strange way to save the world.
The birth of Christ turned the world upside down, starting with the lives of two ordinary small-town people. Two people willing to have their lives upended for the sake of a baby they were told would save his people from their sins.
For most women, the news that they are going to have a child isn’t brought by angels. For many, the news isn’t joy-bringing, but fear-instilling. Their life is about to change dramatically. No one is going to tell the man they love in a dream that he shouldn’t abandon them. No one is bringing gold to the birthing suite to pay the hospital bill. They may feel just as alone and scared as Mary must have felt in a strange town with no family and friends to support her. But the same truth the angel told Mary is true for all women: the Lord is with you. God may have made the lives of the Holy Family more chaotic than they planned, but He also provided for them every step of the way. He used everyone from poor shepherds to rich kings to do it.
Faith Challenge: We may be neither kings nor shepherds. No angelic choir or strange star may guide our path, but we can still heed the voice of the Lord when He calls us to help the single mother, to encourage the poor father, to take in the stranger, or simply to come and marvel at the newborn baby. Life is unpredictable and often scary. Things don’t go the way we planned. But God is always there, whether in the form of an angelic message, or a simple manger in which to rest our head.