It may seem a little strange to sing Christmas carols at Planned Parenthood, but for the last few years we’ve had a big crowd here in Ventura on December mornings to sing. There’s something about singing of the God who became an unborn Baby for us, the Baby in the manger and God’s redemptive love that is so touching and appropriate for this very sad place.

Not long ago, as our carolers sang in front of the clinic, a woman came out of Planned Parenthood crying as she talked on her phone. She walked past the carolers and across the street to where the Life Centers of Ventura County mobile ultrasound unit was parked. No sidewalk counselors had spoken to her, so we think she was moved by the singing.

“Christmas carols are a very powerful witness to life!” said one of our prayer warriors who was on the sidewalk that morning.

“We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.”
– All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque