Posted by Matt Yonke on Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Sunday, November 2, was the final day of our "40 Days for Life" prayer vigil and it ended in grand fashion. My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign, from those who prayed for one hour to those who gave huge chunks of their time to make this vigil a success.
The closing ceremony was a "Do-It-Yourself Pro-Life Concert". Pro-lifers gathered in the vacant lot across the street from Planned Parenthood bringing musical instruments and their favorite hymns to thank God for His kindness to us over the course of the vigil and the last year of battling Planned Parenthood in Aurora.
Forty pro-lifers who had given their time and energy during the vigil came out for the concert with guitars, whistles, maracas, a mandolin and all their beautiful voices. Songs ranged from traditional hymns to bluegrass spirituals to modern praise choruses, all glorifying our God for His faithfulness to us.
The concert was another beautiful example of the amazing way God has brought people from a huge array of faith traditions together to share in His work. To see such a diverse group of Christians singing together is a rare and special thing.
The concert closed with the hymn that has come to mean so much to those involved in the fight here in Aurora, Amazing Grace. If you've been out to any of the events surrounding the controversy here, you've no doubt joined your voice in this classic song praising God's faithfulness and His sovereignty which allows us to rest and do our part, knowing that He is in control of the big picture.
With 40 Days for Life at an end for this season, don't forget that the work at Planned Parenthood Aurora isn't over, and won't be until they close their doors. Your help is needed in our ongoing Life Support prayer presence and the incredibly important work of sidewalk counseling. Keep your eye on the blog for information about a sidewalk counseling training seminar coming soon.
For more information on the hugely successful 40 Days campaigns across the country, visit the 40 Days for Life national website. You can see a slideshow of the concert here. Also, check out Eric's account of the closing sing-a-long event.