Granite City , IL Report

9/29/2010- DAY 8

            In our 40 Days for Life intentions, we pray that the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fills the hearts and minds of our citizens. As the scripture goes, a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him of his garments, beat him, and left him for dead on the roadside. A priest happened to be going down the same road when he saw the injured man, and he passed by to the other side. So, too, did the Levite when he came upon the near-death man. However, the Samaritan came by as he traveled; when he looked at the manís beaten body, he took pity on him. The Samaritan dressed his wounds, and then placed his bruised and beaten body on his donkey, took the man to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he paid the inn keeper to continue to care for the man; when the Samaritan returned, he would reimburse the inn keeper for any extra expense. He was a good neighbor to the injured man; he showed mercy.

            Jesus also commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of death. Maybe the Levite and priest didnít stop to help because they were more worried about what may happen to them or how others would look on them. In working to save unborn children scheduled to die, we must not worry about what others think of us, but rather about what God sees of us. What will happen if we donít act? We are our brotherís keeper. Today as we stand in the gap, we donít turn our backs and cross over to the other side of the street; rather we stand and are a witness for those without a voice, offering compassion and pleading mercy for the helpless.

            A few women were returning to finish the dismemberments of their late-term babies. The Oriental couple was back. On one side of the street, life was being celebrated; on the other side, death was being carried out.

            ďFather, we pray that Granite City and its inhabitants would be stirred and moved by the lesson of the Good Samaritan. How can we stand by and hear the cries of our little brothers and sisters, and yet cross over to the other side of the street as not to get involved or help? The Good Samaritan allowed compassion to influence him more than fear. Give us the same heart. Grant that we never count the cost of standing up and speaking out for the unborn. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.Ē