A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of praying along side a few of the most well spoken and earnest children I have ever met. It had been a hard Tuesday when I stopped by Planned Parenthood abortion center to pray on my lunch break. The weight of the hard day hurriedly lifted as I encountered their beautiful beaming faces. When I walked up the sidewalk, four children greeted me lifting up the posters on which they were still writing. I asked them if they were praying and a girl named Brizza quickly answered and affirmed that they were, and this was their first time at Planned
“You want to see our prayers?” Brizza sweetly asked. I smiled, “You wrote them out? Yes, I do!” She picked up her poster as her brothers and little sister followed after and lifted theirs. I don’t know what I expected to see. I guess I was thinking of the drawings I see on Sunday when the children run up to me proudly showing their flowers, hearts and crayon sketches of their family, but my heart dropped into a puddle. As I read the posters I didn’t know whether to cry or be in awe of their truth and sincerity. Children’s prayers and thoughts on abortion drawn and written— it was beautiful and heartbreaking. Simple, yet intense. I had never seen anything like this before. I wanted to share them with you today so you could experience Birmingham’s youngest sidewalk counselors. Their prayers written out on their posters counseled even me that day. I saw the truth of abortion through the pure and lovely eyes of a child. It reminded me again why we pray so fervently for its end. With permission of their mother, I am sharing their prayers here.
Just a few short weeks after our first meeting, I saw my four little friends again at a prayer meeting in front of the late New Woman All Women abortion center. We were praying about the illegal abortions going on in the closed building. When we came to the end of gathering, Father Terry Gensemer of CEC for Life asked if anyone had anything they wanted to say. 10 year old Brizza walked forward in a crowd of all adults and spoke from her heart about the reality of abortion. “If you just think about the amount of abortions each day, I mean if you just think about it, it just might make you cry…” She is talking about the reality of 4,000 unborn babies being killed each day in the United States.
A new generation is being birthed into leadership and voter registration. It’s the generation of Brizzas that will come into those roles in just 8 more years. I find hope in these children’s prayers. Jesus is raising up a generation with pure vision and clarity for a culture of Life, a generation that thinks about abortion. A generation that feels it enough to cry.