Like you, I was heartbroken at the news of shootings at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs on Friday, November 27th. I've prayed with the local 40 Days for Life team outside that facility on several occasions, making it very vivid and personal for me.

While there is still much ambiguity regarding the shooter's motivations and intended targets, three people are dead and nine others wounded following his violent actions at that Planned Parenthood abortion center.

Here are a few thoughts following this tragedy:

FIRST, we must pray for everyone affected by this senseless act of violence.

SECOND, we must continue to oppose all violence and attacks against human life, including the actions of the gunman in Colorado.

And THIRD, we must increase our resolve and dedication to using only peaceful and prayerful efforts as the antidote to abortion.

During the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. always stressed that, when identifying an injustice to the world, one must also point people to the non-violent solution to that injustice.

Dr. King emphasized that nonviolence is the courageous path -- it seeks to defeat injustice and not people ... by winning friendship and understanding ... by choosing love, and not hate.

Before a person participates in 40 Days for Life, they must sign a Statement of Peace, resolving to only engage in peaceful, legal, and Christlike activities in response to abortion.

That 100% non-violent commitment is why, through your courageous participation in peaceful, law-abiding 40 Days for Life campaigns, God has saved 11,165 babies and changed the hearts of 127 abortion workers.

Watch the video above with the official 40 Days for Life response to the Colorado tragedy ... and an interview with Jewels Green, former abortion worker turned pro-life advocate, who provides vital context and clarity for this situation.

In the wake of this violence, let's remember that Jesus told us, "Blessed are the peacemakers." He has indeed blessed our peaceful and prayerful efforts ... and we're confident that He will continue to do so when this work is done for His greater glory.

40 Days For Life, Co-founder

In addition to founding and leading the worldwide 40 Days for Life movement, David is a Christian, husband, father, popular speaker, and co-author of the #1 Top-Rated Amazon Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do