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March 31, 2014

Photo Gallery Story: Pro-life supporters gather downtown for prayer vigil

NEW CASTLE — Naomi Savage never intended to become a poster child.

But two years ago, when her father, Curt, shared that his then-five-year-old daughter had offered a solution to end abortion — “I would love to have a sister. They could just bring the babies to my house” — it touched the heart of Diane Marcella.

Marcella, president of the local chapter of People Concerned for the Unborn Child, has recalled Naomi’s comment at each pro-life event the chapter has sponsored since. She even gave Sunday  night’s Light a Candle for Life vigil on Kennedy Square the theme of “A Little Child Shall Lead Them,” and asked Curt Savage to speak at nearby Family Worship Center following the lighting of 890 luminaria on the square.

Like Marcella, Savage based his talk,  “Forgiveness, Mercy, Grace and Peace,” on lessons his daughter taught him.

“Those are things mostly I learned from watching her,” Savage said. “Children are so innocent. If they do something wrong, what’s the first thing they say? ‘I’m sorry,’ and they want to climb up and give you a hug and be forgiven.

“We should have that attitude about ourselves in regard to our relationship with God, and if Christ is in is, then we should reflect that and show that to others — especially to people who are suffering from the harm done by abortion.”

Savage noted that parents of children who have been lost to abortion can feel the same pain as those whose children died at birth or due to illness or accident in infancy.

“They have the same kind of grief,” he said. “They carry the same burden, except they feel that they are somehow personally responsible. And that destroys lives.

“It drags them into all kinds of other bad decisions that could be averted if they just experienced the love of Christ in a genuine way from those who say they have it, which would help them recover and heal.”

Around 50 people turned out for last night’s event, which had been postponed from Jan. 21 because of arctic temperatures in the area. Before heading over to the Family Worship Center, they lit 890 candles in memory of the nearly 57 million unborn American babies lost to abortion since 1973, when the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalized the procedure. Each bag bore the name of a child.

Savage and Reatha Gibbs also sang “God Bless America,” and Claudia McConnell led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Rev. Elder Lawrence Smith of Prevailing Word World Outreach Center offered prayer, asking God to “help us ...  reach out and to touch those young women who feel like they have no way out and no other choice and allow us to be in the right spot at the right time.”

At the church, Savage and his wife, Sharon, sang “In Your Footsteps” and “A New Song,” while Gibbs led the singing of “I’m Glad That God Made Me,” which she she wrote and which has become a tradition at each Light a Candle event.

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)

 

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