24 Jun Difference Makers (Is 49:4-5) by Dr. Pat Castle
“Though I thought I had toiled in vain, yet my reward is with the LORD…who formed me as his servant from the womb.” ~ Is 49:4-5 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: While praying in front of abortion facilities, we compassionately (“to suffer with”) meet the confusion going in and the hurt coming out. We have not toiled in vain. Let us pause to remember that in 1991 there were over three times more abortion facilities than pregnancy help centers and today that ratio has flipped, now over three times more pregnancy help centers than abortion facilities. Thanks to organizations like the Vitae Foundation, Sidewalk Advocates and 40 Days who help abortion vulnerable women discover pregnancy help centers. 82% of post-abortion women said that if just one person had encouraged them to choose life then they would not have aborted their child. “One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back in the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference?” The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said, “It makes a difference to this one!””
* Dr. Pat Castle and his wife Angi live in Jefferson City, MO with their daughters Paige and Grace. Pat is the president and co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. All In Christ for Pro-Life! Full bio..
Faith Challenge: Let’s remember the story of the Starfish (above) and be the one to reach out to an abortion vulnerable woman with options that everyone can live with.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. John the Baptist.
Faith Quote: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Through Christ our Lord,