We are off to a beautiful start here in Pittsburgh today! Day #1 of our 40 days of fervent prayer, fasting, and vigil has begun!
Do you think I am crazy when I say that we are off to a beautiful start? Do you think I haven’t noticed the weather? Oh, contraire. I just got home from my morning shift at the vigil, and I am psyched! Wet…but psyched. Why? Because I think the Lord has given us a sign that He is planning to bless this 40 Days for Life campaign! There were at least 5 people from Murrysville Community Church that came out in the rain to pray at our vigil. Out of the five, two were pregnant, and Marissa had her 7-month old baby girl, Zoey with her. I commented on how beautiful this baby girl is…and what a great witness to life she is, especially in front of an abortion clinic. I was then informed by Pastor Kevin, that the meaning of the name “Zoey” is….you guessed it….LIFE! How awesome is our God!!! The first shift of our 40 days and we start it out with a little baby named LIFE! (And two other babies in the womb!)
I had about an hour to myself at the vigil first thing this morning (before the group from the church arrived), and it was nice, actually. I sat in my chair facing the clinic door and had some time with the Lord. Folks walking by looked at me, pitying me…this poor woman sitting alone in the rain, holding a sign that says “Pray to End Abortion”. But, I realized that I was serving a purpose. I was, at that moment, representing the ashes on our city’s head. My presence said to everyone who passed “our city is not clean…we have sinned.” And as I sat looking at the doors of the clinic, I had an image in my mind of what it would look like if every unborn child that had been carried into that clinic in their mother’s womb…but never left to come back out through those same doors….if they were to be resurrected and were walking out through those doors, what it would look like. I am not sure of the number of people…but with roughly 2,000 per year being killed…at approximately 15 years at that location…I estimated it would be about 30,000 people. So, in my mind, I could see an endless crowd of young people…some teenage girls with fresh young faces, some handsome teenage boys…excited about life. Some were children and some were toddlers…all walking out those doors…about 30,000 of them.
Praise our Lord, for He is about to do wonderful things!!!
Your sister in Christ,
P.S. If you can, stop by the vigil this afternoon/evening and keep Marci Deal company. She is the woman who gave her testimony at our kick-off and is bravely standing vigil today with a few others. There is no vigil manager on duty from 3:00 to 7:00 (when our vigil closes), and Marci is stepping out there in faith, hoping others will join her. Stop and be a witness. Bring Christ and the Holy Spirit to a place that so desperately needs Him!