Can anyone please join Shift Manager Sheila on Friday, 3/17, from 9-10 AM?
Thank you so much!!
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man’s table.”
As much as we might like to think of ourselves as Lazarus (since he is righteous), I was recently reflecting on how (at least for me) it is much easier to identify with the rich man. This is NOT what we should prefer, and yet it is often the case. And why? Because the majority of us are living a generally comfortable life… like the man in the Scriptures who seems to have everything he needs. Not only do we have many of the material comforts we enjoy, but many of us also live a life that is free of torment, free from serious peril. We have families and homes and love. Well, at least, many of us do.
But what about those of us who do not? And here, I think primarily of those abortion-bound couples, or the abortion workers. This is not to say that their lives lack families, homes, or love, but that SOMETHING in their lives and hearts is missing. Perhaps only God knows what those things are.
So shouldn’t WE give some of our love, some of our hope, our compassion, to those poor “Lazaruses” in need? The answer is obvious. Yes, we should. And we CAN. Let us fill in the “great chasm” (as in the Gospel passage) that lies between “us” and “them” and really give ourselves. With GENTLENESS and charity.
And just as Abraham was able to hold Lazarus close, the Lord will then be able to hold these needy ones from the sidewalk close to Himself:
Shift Manager Reports:
I was dressed for the Arctic this morning with my snow pants and warm coat, hat and scarf, two pairs of gloves with a hand warmer in between and two pairs of socks with toe warmers in between. It was cold but thanks to God, no wind! That makes all the difference! I didn’t start to get cold at all until the last half hour. It was a blessing to share the sidewalk with Pastor Win from Burry’s church. He is always such a powerful witness as he prays for much of his shift on his knees. Since it was quiet for the first hour, I joined him on my knees so we both prayed on opposite sides of the circle like that for quite a while.
At about 8:40, clients began going in. I saw three couples that looked abortion-bound. Two of them actually accepted the literature. We just continue to pray. Even though our numbers are small, we are consistent and persistent! I had the feeling this morning that God is using us in a powerful way, even though we are tiny, as a sharp scalpel used by a surgeon to remove a cancerous tumor. That is what God is doing with us, I believe.
Thanks to Diane for all the helpful and organized materials on the sidewalk, including the ever popular hand warmers and literature! And thank you to Tess for her generous donation of Precious Feet pins which we will hand out on the sidewalk to spread the truth about life!
I left right at nine with shift manager Bill and the wonderful folks from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, Judy and Chuck, to carry the torch for the next two hours. Thanks and God bless everyone who is witnessing and praying for our 40 Days for Life!
From Lisa K.:
An amazing time of blessings on the sidewalk today, mostly because of the people I had the privilege of praying with. First, I am so thankful that some of our good folks today came just because they read that I needed someone to be there so I wouldn’t be alone. I felt very humbled that they drove all that way (some from pretty far) to join little old me. Thank you all- I am so grateful!
I am also thankful for Ben, a high school senior, who came -on his own- to join us. Not only did that impress me, and not only did he repair Helen’s rosary- but Ben also reached out in a beautiful way to a man who came out of PP and was waiting for the woman he brought there. The man, smoking a cigarette, eyed Ben and asked, “What are you doing?” Ben told him about 40 Days for Life. The man asked something like whether we couldn’t just petition to have the place shut down. Ben explained the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, and how this was not an easy thing to do. Then the man asked for some information. Ben asked me, and I gave him a resource sheet. The man asked for MORE. Ben said that the man was hoping that the woman he came with might see him reading them…. As I found a couple more things to give him, I looked at him and said, “If you bring these in there, I have to tell you- HIDE them, because they WILL take them away from you.” He was about to head back in, and I asked him if I could ask a personal question. I said, “We’ve been wondering whether this is an abortion day…. is that what she came for?” He responded, “I don’t know- but I’m never comin’ back here again.” He said it with such conviction- and amazement that he was even there in the first place. We prayed for him and the woman.
Today, we had a peaceful time on the sidewalk.