The 25th Annual National Life Chain – Sunday, October 7, 2012
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Today, Sunday, October 7, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary for the Christian solidarity movement against abortion, called the ‘National Life Chain.’ This is a Christian-based movement that has stood faithful since beginning in 1987 in California.
God entrusted LIFE CHAIN to us in 1987, when we built America’s first Chain through our small sister towns, Yuba City and Marysville. We call LIFE CHAIN “a serious first step to pro-life activism.” It’s a serious step in that it requires us to stand publicly for one hour, while holding a pro-life sign and praying through the prayer topics on the back of our sign. That brief experience has led thousands of Christians across North America to join local pro-life groups and work as volunteers throughout the year (nationallifechain.org).
Today, this writer is in Springfield, the Capitol of Illinois as the official ‘roving reporter’ and visited the three main locations that the National Life Chain had plotted over the face of Springfield. National Life Chain supporters will be located on McArthur Boulevard; and they will be positioned along and near 2000 Sangamon Avenue, primarily in front of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, but stretching further down the street to accomodate the many supporters; and also out along Stevenson Drive, plus a new location this year: in front of the Planned Parenthood of Illinois building, located at 11th and Washington. The word ‘PARENTHOOD’ denotes ‘life-giver’ and does not feature in any way the antithetical alternative of ‘life-taker’ as some would have us believe.
Here is a link to the video: National Life Chain video 10/7/2012
One of the benefits of filming your own video is that the author gets the great priviledge of meeting some really great people and to hear in their own words what they deem as sacred. I was able to interview Nancy Schrank in the parking lot of St. Aloysius as she prepared to get ready to take her place along Sangamon Avenue. I was also afforded the great opportunity to also conduct on-the-spot interviews of some of the faithful supporters who were standing like silent sentinels along the avenue as they prayed for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been duped to believe it is a woman’s choice. I was also able to interview a Catholic priest, Father Zachary Edgar who has just been recently assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. He had decided to take up his post on 11th street which faces the side-view of Planned Parenthood. He was reading the Scriptures out loud and so read for me the passage of 1 Timothy 1:1-20.
Driving down Adlai Stevenson Drive I was reminded again of the greatness of the United States Constitution and our Right to Free Speech that was granted to us in the First Amendment. The priviledge of being able to vocalize either verbally or in print your personal beliefs is of a magnitude unheard of before the founding of the United States of America. You gotta love us Americans! However, this writer notes that the National Life Chain recommended that only their approved signs should be carried.
To include your city in 2013, notify National Life Chain of your interest via email to National Life Chain or call (530) 674-5068 and download (from this web site) a copy of the Life Chain Manual and the other entries under “LIFE CHAIN Materials.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…