Yesterday, my family headed out to the annual LifeChain at Merivale and Meadowlands in Ottawa. It was an overcast day with drizzling rain throughout the day. I found this year’s Life Chain more animated and boisterous than in prior years. Motorists were more vocal in their support and opposition.
Once again, I noticed that we received many more signs of support than rejection – although the middle finger figured prominently this year among the more expressive of our opponents.
When I’m holding my sign, I always attempt to make eye contact with motorists. It’s important to do that because we need to show the public that we’re not there just to have a chat or for a church social gathering. I don’t stare, of course. That’s not proper etiquette. We need to show people that we are quite normal, and have a pleasant yet serious comportment about ourselves. Just a few seconds for each car. “Yep. You got that right. I’m here to convey a message to you. I hope that you think about this message.” It’s very powerful. Much more powerful than a billboard since people understand that it takes courage to peacefully stand up for unpopular beliefs in public. It gains the pro-life movement respect - irrespective of what a motorist’s position is on the question of abortion.
We had about 100 people out this year – which was a pretty good turnout and more than last year. In fact, this year’s LifeChain had quite a large contingent of young adults. The demographics of the Pro Life movement is shifting significantly as it becomes younger and younger with every passing year, while the pro-abortion forces are becoming as stale and old as their stupid slogans.
We also had more families out with their young kids. I felt emboldened by that. I did have not butterflies this year. I felt a calmness and strength that were new. I am sure others felt it too. It’s great to be part of the Pro Life movement in these times!
We’re winning and the other side knows it too. Their foundations are starting to shake. They’re desperate and their frustration and desperation is showing in public, while we remain cool, calm, and collected. It’s a great privilege to fight and suffer for something that has an eternal meaning. Many Christians of past generations did not have this privilege. But we do. Thanks be to God for that!
We also show a stark contrast to the yelling banshees who hurl invectives at us. People see that and take note. The Pro Life movement is joyful and resolute in our determination. We will not back down and we will continue to grow in numbers and momentum. Sooner or later, the politics of a country will reflect the Culture of Life that we are building. It’s inevitable.
Past Life Chains: