Chattanooga church hosts pro-life prayer event

Event personnel say prayer necessary for nation to heal following Roe v. Wade reversal

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — It’s been nearly a week since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which has sparked protests and anger throughout the nation.

But it’s also sparked joy and prayer.

Prayer filled the halls tonight at Calvary Chapel in Chattanooga.

While there have been numerous protests both locally and nationwide since last Friday, tonight, members of the community came together to reflect on and celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the unborn.

Men, women and children filled Calvary Church Thursday night to celebrate what they called “the protection of life and our unborn” in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

The Chapel also live-streamed the event online so “thousands” more both locally and nationwide could celebrate in solidarity.

“To be able to physically come together and have all the energy and the prayer aligned can just make anything happen,” said Michael Henry, the event’s media organizer. “Bringing people together at The Lord’s table, at an event, at a place where you can speak your mind, get to know other people and figure out a solution collectively is just beautiful.”

President Doug Daughtery of Hamilton Flourishing says the overturning of Roe v. Wade may cause many to enter a “civil war” with culture, their conscience, or both.

Nevertheless, he supports the Court’s decision and says it should be celebrated and prayed on.

“We need to pray as a people into the future,” Daugherty said. “We need to, with love and truth, engage our entire culture in every way. That’s what we’re praying about tonight at Calvary Chapel.”

Fr. David Carter understands that for many Americans, the sudden overturning of Roe v. Wade may lead to fear, anger, hatred and uncertainty.

For Christians both locally and nationwide, he says this is the time to follow scripture and “love thy neighbor.”

“Those who would disagree with us have nothing to fear from the Christian population living out the Christian faith because we’re taught to love even those who hate us,” Carter said. “We are a people who love and we’re a people of life. We want to share that abundant life with them, too.”

Carter says hatred has no place in Christian life or the Supreme Court’s decision and encouraged communication between pro-life and pro-choice Americans.

He says for those currently celebrating, this isn’t the end and those who are against abortion must be ready and willing to provide for and protect children in need.

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