People often ask if carrying a sign is a requirement at 40 Days for Life vigils. In a word ? the answer is ?no.?

?I personally do not carry a sign,? said Beth, one of the 40 Days for Life team leaders in Concord, ?as that is uncomfortable to me.?

Beth prefers to think of herself as ?a lamp of Christ ? noticeable to those who have eyes to see. Christ will use me in big ways. I know that, am excited for it, trust it, and am still scared of doing it. But He will take care of that!?

She said she believes her prayer is more fruitful when she stands quietly focused during her hour on the sidewalk outside the Equality Health Center. Abortion is a wound that permeates our whole society ? and the abortion center is the physical location of that wound.

There?s also evidence of how much of society has been so desensitized that it doesn?t even recognize that something?s wrong.

?They have a large sign on their building that says ?Safe, legal abortion IS pro-life.? They are effectively advertising that they do abortions and that it is controversial.?

The presence of the two neon-vested volunteer escorts who usher in the clients as they arrive send a loud, clear message that this IS an abortion business.

?Our presence there is to pray, raise awareness, love our neighbor, and stay focused on Jesus,? Beth said.


With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.