To the editor:
Psalm 127:3 "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him."
Who are we to destroy His gift?
We therefore held our fourth annual Pro Life March on Jan. 20, to pray for our gifts, their mothers and their fathers.
Approximately 100 people walked from Sacred Heart of Jesus Church steps to the Hope Center at Bethany Church. Our prayers included prayers for politicians, judges and anyone who supports abortion.
Citizens Concerned with Human Life Mifflin Juniata Inc. is ecumenical and our efforts are both in celebration of Ecumenical Week and the Sanctity of Human Life Week. It is the thirty-third straight year that the celebrations are held in North America.
The event that touches off this special experience is called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. And is traditionally celebrated between Jan. 18 and 25.
After "God Bless America" by "Fresh Fire" Cindy Mansberger of Crossroads spoke of their efforts to support women from the Mifflin and Huntingdon areas. Micaiah Bilger, of the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, described their efforts statewide.
Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, our state representative, said he speaks as a father first and then he convinced the audience that it is important to support and pray for those pro-life representatives and judges because the ultimate way to stop abortion is through the political process.
Fr. William Weary spoke about the Jan. 14 Time Magazine article and he quoted the following written by Kate Pickett:
"The title of the Jan. 14 issue of Time magazine reads, "40 years ago, abortion-rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade. They've been losing ever since."
"It's hard to imagine the other side thinks they're losing. They're defending their turf atop 55 million dead babies. How many more do they want? They heap 1.2-1.6 million more every year. But I agree we are slowly but surely strangling them, even as they slowly but surely commit harikari."
It's always fascinating to me to view the situation through the other side's eyes.
We know that our Lord has the 55 million plus babies with Him for as in Mark 9:3637 our Lord states:
"Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.'"
Fr. Weary led several clergymen in the closing of the program with benediction. Rev. Wesley Clemmer and Verna Clemmer along with the Juniata Chorus sang the final hymns.
We thank all those participants who sang and prayed for those less fortunate.
Citizens Concerned with Human Life Mifflin Juniata Inc.
Rev. Michael Bailey
Fr. William Weary