When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. — Psalm 8:3-9
Yep – I stole this from today’s national 40 Days devotional e-mail! GUILTY, I admit it. Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. When you stop and think about everything God has created – and that’s a whole whole whole lot of things, living and non-living! – and we as human beings are God’s masterpieces, as Father Terry Gensemer reflects. Here He is, the omniscient and all-powerful God of the entire universe, and he chose to make US MEN and WOMEN in His image and likeness. YOU and ME. It is beyond humbling. He must have been so excited when He made Adam and Eve that He just couldn’t wait to start making infinitely more examples of this great masterpiece. How profoundly sad He must be when He sees so many of us masterpieces purposely destroying other masterpieces-in-the-making – the very ones whom He entrusted to their parent masterpieces for their care and growth. The whole thing boggles our limited minds. But this is why we all take up this cause, and this is why we pray.
Before we get to the stories and photos, can anyone come down to stand with Rosalina from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, March 14) and with Joe K. from 5-7 p.m.? They will otherwise be alone for their shifts!!! If you can help, please let Nikki know, or go to https://40daysforlife.com/login/?status=logged_out, log yourself in, and sign yourself in for the time(s) you are able to help. Thank you!!!
Jen M. covered the 7-9 a.m. shift, and she writes:
Rain couldn’t dampen our spirits on the sidewalk this morning as the People of God offered beautiful prayer and song for an end to abortion. Thank you to Pat and his family, Brad, Ruth, Dave, Lynn, Ben, Ross, Brian, and LaToya for your faithful witness and warm fellowship!
I covered 9-11 a.m. A very soggy shift, but my fellow vigil participants were praying and singing just like the sun was shining. I was so inspired by the sincere and earnest leading of prayer and song by both Todd and Steve of the People of God Covenant Community. I never attend or manage 40 Days for Life shifts with the intention of receiving a blessing myself – but it NEVER FAILS that I am blessed somehow at each and every shift! I pray those blessings right back on our vigil attendees and, most importantly, on those for whom we pray.
Rich and Roseann and their always-smiling faces covered 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
Sundays are for the most part quiet; however, shortly after we arrived a woman passed us by and proceeded to knock over our sandwich board. A couple of our guys immediately uprighted it. No damage done, thankfully; only the damage the evil one perpetrates on the hearts of too many. On a lighter note, we had a nice group from Ave Maria and regulars Pat, Sue, and their family to pray and witness with us.
Trish covered 1-3 pm., and she shared this:
During my shift we did have a woman spit at the sidewalk where we were praying. Several women called after her “bless you.” Otherwise it was peaceful. A man with a swollen face stopped and asked us to pray for him. Another man wanted bus fare – his daughter is in the hospital and wanted to get there to see her.
Some photos from the 3-5 shift:
Jeff shares this for the 5-7 p.m. shift:
When I heard that St Gregory’s from Zelienople was standing 3-7, I knew that Cathy and Jim, the regular 3-5 shift managers, would be standing for the full 4 hours. I called Cathy on Friday and asked her if it was OK if she just covered my two hours. She said yes, so I had my late Sunday afternoon to myself. Lo and behold, 5 o’clock came to today and what do I do – I go stand for an hour with Cathy and Jim, whom I normally only see for a few minutes a week. It was a wonderful time to stand witness, knowing that I didn’t have to be there to fulfill a commitment, but because that is where I wanted to be – where I felt I should be. Cathy and Jim had four or five parishioners with them, as well as fellow parishioner Trish who stands 1-3 every Sunday, and stayed till 7 today. Thank you for your witness. Kathy L. stopped for a while as well, unscheduled, just wanting or needing to be there. It happens all the time on these 40-day vigils, people just show up. Won’t you be one of them? It will transform you.
May God bless you all!