As a gift to the two national leaders and co-founders of 40 Days for Life, David Bereit and Shawn Carney, our local campaign leader (aka my mom), put together a binder filled with the names and hours people had prayed at our local vigil. During the evening, we were invited to write about our personal experiences at the vigil in the book, so it would serve as a nice memento for our fearless leaders that their discernment to pray for the end of abortion many years ago continues to reap blessings thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.
“For those who hesitate for whatever reason, the gift of saving these unborn babies we get back tenfold just by being there,” my husband said. This from the man who reluctantly first became involved in our local prayer vigil a few years ago. He also has pointed out how being involved in 40 Days for Life has strengthened old friendships and created new ones.
All participants I’ve spoken with who prayed at the vigil regularly mentioned something about how God used the time to bring them closer to Him. I’ve found that to be the case this year as much as it has been true in previous campaigns. I guess that makes sense since time in prayer, time in communion with the Lord, when we’re open to His will and “still small voice” will bring us closer to Him and transform us from the inside out to become more loving.