I stood praying and silently praising God on the sidewalk outside the Family
Planning Associates abortion
chamber with red "Life" tape across my mouth. A man walked down the stairs
and glared at me as he walked straight towards me. I couldn't help but
wonder if he was going to hit me, but I tried to continue to focus on
God. Thankfully, he walked right past (though
a little too close for comfort).
A few minutes later, a couple pushing a baby in a stroller walked behind me
on the sidewalk. I thought they were just passing by at first, but then
they stopped behind me. Soon my wife Terri signaled to me, and I walked over
to talk to her. She told me that this couple was here to show me their
newborn baby. A baby God somehow used me to help save!
I ripped the "Life" tape off of my mouth and hugged the baby's parents.
I was so thrilled to see this child that I accidentally got the tape stuck to the
the mother's hair.
the baby's parents had told me that if he was a boy, they wanted to name the
baby after me (though they didn't seem thrilled with the name "Tim"). As
they introduced me to little Lorenzo Timothy, the father proudly announced
that his other children are already calling the baby "Timothy."
I laughed with the baby's father as he said "look at our 'tubal' baby"
(because when I first met the couple they had been told that it was a tubal
After a few minutes rejoicing (trying to do so quietly, because everyone
else was still maintaining their silent vigil), I put the "Life" tape back
on my mouth and went back to the sidewalk to pray. My heart had already
been filled with praises to God before I had seen Lorenzo Timothy, but now
I could hardly contain the joy. Even the duct tape couldn't stop me--my
heart was so filled with praise that I kept realizing that my praises
were no longer silent. I wanted to shout "hallelujah!" but I restrained
myself, striving to maintain the spirit of the silent vigil. Tears of
gratitude to God flowed down my cheeks
as I continually thanked God for the privilege of
being used by him to save an innocent child.
God has granted me the opportunity to see countless children saved from
abortion, but this was the first time He had allowed me to see a child
whom I personally was used to save. I reminded Lorenzo Timothy's father
that "Timothy" means "honoring God," though I confessed that I don't know
the meaning of "Lorenzo."
It just so happened that the location where I had chosen to stand for the
silent prayer vigil this time was the exact spot where I had stood a few
months ago when Lorenzo Timothy's parents first entered the abortion chamber.
It was the exact spot where I stood when Lorenzo Timothy's father stormed
down the stairs intending to "punch me out," but instead God changed his heart
and saved his child from what seemed to be an impossible situation.
Glory to God!!!
In Christ's service for those who cannot speak for themselves,
March 2, 2006
(updated March 8, 2013 with meaning of Lorenzo)