There are enumerable battles to fight in today’s culture with so much goodness, truth and beauty now under attack.

These struggles play out in our homes, churches, schools and wider communities. We fight for marriage, parental authority, children’s innocence, the rights of the unborn to live and breathe, religious liberty, free speech and so much more.

Sometimes we realize the sweet taste of victory, when bad policy is thwarted or good legislation enacted. On occasion we see inspiring men and women courageously stand in the gap as brilliant shining lights that inspire and motivate others to follow suit. There are also untold acts of kindness, generosity and genuine love that occur far from the spotlight every day.

But there are painful defeats as well, when we are tempted to despair.

We must not!

Today’s article about 40 Days for Life includes an arresting talk by a young woman from Palmer who urged Alaskans to take time to physically pray outside the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Anchorage.

She admitted that not all babies will be saved through prayer vigils, but that we must – even in the face of death – maintain a consistent witness and solidarity with those who suffer at the hands of evil. She asked us to consider setting aside a few hours to pray as desperate young women go to have their babies killed by an abortionist.

“…we may not be able to save all these babies, but we can pray and be with them when they die, until the day God finally rids us of this evil.”

This is true of all our efforts to dispel the effects of evil and darkness in the world. We will not win every battle, but we can always be a powerful force and compelling public witness against the dying of the light.

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EDITORIAL: We cannot win every battle…

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.