Day 31: Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty 7-11; Holy Sepulchre Catholic Church, Butler; Individual 3-5p / Ascension Holy Name Society 5-7

“Surrender Dorothy!!”  I know this is a foolish question, but has anyone not seen the Wizard of Oz?  The author of the classic line of stories was a devout Methodist according to the internet.  So, I would think he knew something about Scripture.   I also think L Frank Baum lifted some ideas from the Bible.   But don’t tell anyone because then people may not read the books or continue to watch the movies.

Isaiah 54:17   “No weapon fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue you shall prove false that launches an accusation against you.  This is the lot of the servants of the Lord, their vindication from me, says the Lord.”

I hated to watch the Wizard of Oz on the annual night of viewing when I was a kid.  But then I married into a family who had a tradition of celebrating the once a year special television event, so I watched.  I hated, hated those monkeys.  They frightened me more than the wicked witch herself.

wizard of ozWhen my daughter was little, the movie became a family favorite of the next generation.  I was beginning to pay attention.  I had to, my kids liked the movie.  The story was the theme for her 4-year old birthday party.  Invited guests came as characters.  The wicked witch was already melted- black hat and a cape in the corner.  A special woman named Dorothy was our Dorothy!  Does it figure that I was “Auntie Em”?” 

About 7 years after that party, God used the story to teach me a lesson.

How does God take a popular story and make one pay attention to the lesson that it teaches?  He asks you to listen and to surrender.  And that is exactly what I did.  I surrendered to His will (still hoping I wasn’t surrendering to the other side!  Surrender… didn’t the witch want Dorothy to surrender to her?)

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The ruby red slippers were the key.  What did Dorothy learn in her adventures?  She learned “there is no place like home.” So, after a turbulent time in my life, I surrendered to God’s will.   It took me two years to actually figure it out.  I kept getting clues.  Then something clicked in my brain while I was standing in a gift store in front of a pair of those red shoes.  I started appreciating my role as a stay at home mom and my new role as an advocate.  I admire Pope Benedict XVI-  he knew something about red shoes too! 

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 I kept listening!  God keeps talking!

Did Dorothy have a great imaginative adventure or nightmare? Depending on how you view the violence she experienced, Dorothy could have been having a great ride or truly been in the valley of death.  Not sure?   It is always easier to tolerate violence when you are not the victim or eye witness.

Dorothy was protecting something she loved.  Like the rest of us, she found out she couldn’t do that on her own.  Dorothy had to trust the wisdom of the Good Witch. We have to trust the wisdom and inspirations of God.

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I love the story-  Dorothy and her not so perfect and fearful friends liquidated the evil.  It was a cup of water that brought down the witch.  Reminds me of Baptism.  The evil spirit fled.

“Let the wicked depart from here.”

Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked leave behind his way.  And the unrighteous man his thoughts.  And let him return to the Lord, and He will have (compassion) mercy on him. And to our God for He will abundantly pardon.”

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When the slaves recognize their feared leader is up in smoke, they shout, “Hail to Dorothy, the wicked witch is dead.” A bratty teenager, a lion with no courage, a scarecrow without a brain and a heartless tinman win freedom for the captives.   L Frank Baum used the foolish characters to shame the wise.

I think Dorothy had an excellent spiritual adventure.

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Conquering evil on the sidewalk- with friends, God’s Word and water!  We pray that the slaves to abortion will surrender their lives to the will of God.     

 

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Barb’s early report for the  7am to 9 am shift:

Barbara has a heart for the women and the unborn.  Don’t you wish there was a guard at the door of PP to say: “Come back, tomorrow”?  Then the woman in Barb’s report may have had a change in her own heart.

Thanks Barb… and I want you to know that after I left this morning, God blessed me with meeting newborn twins- boy and girl.  The grandmother and the mother and I had a chance to talk.  I held the baby boy!!  Many blessing and thanks be to God for the signs of life he gives to us.

Now for Barb’s report with the usual suspects present (Al, Sally and Katie as SA):

Rain challenged, faithful people greeted Richard me as we arrived soon after dawn.
Diane and Marian come to the sidewalk daily, confidently intending, as do all the other 40 Days for Life volunteers, to push the pendulum toward life.
It hurt so much to see the young woman struggle and finally get that PP door open. She  had ignored our offers for help “today, right now,” looked away, and hurried to the door. She was alone and dressed in the clothes pregnant women wear so they can be “comfortable” after an abortion. She had chosen abortion for the baby growing so near to where her heart was beating …two hearts beating so close to each other were about to be separated. One would continue to beat. The other heart and little baby body would be discarded as medical waste.
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I think Katie had two roles today— double casted as a Sidewalk Advocate then one as Shift Manager:

Katie’s report from 1 pm to 3 pm:

Amy, Rob, Gretchen and Rick from Holy Sepulchre Parish had already been there 2 hours when I got there and they stayed till the end of my shift. Several people going in took literature, and there was at least one woman who really looked like she was there for an abortion, but it seems late to just be getting there so that was confusing. The man who delivers products to a local eating establishment asked if they really do abortions in there; he said he always thought they only did referrals but we told him they do abortions up to 18 weeks at that location. He said he’s against abortion except in cases of rape.   (Please see information on our resource page about “in cases of rape)- 0.3%.

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Holy Sepulchre parishioners

Pictures of Women and Man of valor

from Sheila and Marie:  (9-11 and 11-1)

 

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Sidewalk Advocates Kim and Katie being “coached” by our favorite football coach!!
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Beautiful women standing in the rain for life. Water seems to play a significant role in our lives on the street- frozen and wet! Peg on the front left is a Sidewalk Advocate for Life.
Sheila’s report from the sidewalk today— influencing with signs and conversation and learning what abortion workers think… Please read!!

Due to the rain, traffic on the sidewalk was minimal. And so was the traffic into PP. But I had an interesting encounter with a male PP employee (I had never seen him before).  This young man was leaving the clinic then returned to speak to me.  He asked, “Don’t you think there are enough people in this world? Don’t you know that very soon all our resources will be depleted?”  I respectfully replied that I did NOT believe that and gave my reasons why.  He went on to share his belief that abortion is a necessary evil.  He said , “I know it sounds harsh, but they’re only babies after all.”  OUCH!  Our spirited conversation continued from there then ended in a respectful manner.  He walked away, laughing and shaking his head at our signs.    Sheila

 

 Lisa’s report was in but hiding in spam.  So here it is:

Quiet and rainy in front of Planned Parenthood with little exchange positive or negative huddled under our umbrellas. John braved the rain without an umbrella as another sacrifice as we all consistently prayed during the time. 

   “ When we pray, God works!” Our greatest power lies in prayer!!!!

Lisa C.

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Pat ends the Friday shift from 5pm – 7pm then heads home to write his report in time for the email then prepares for the Saturday reports… Pat is good fruit!!

 

I began my shift with Fran from St. Joseph’s in Verona.  Turns out we know a few people in common.  She had been there since 3 so once the group from Jeanette came, I told her she could go home.  Thanks for being there with me, Fran, so I wouldn’t be alone.
It was great to see Ed from Ascension parish in Jeanette and Paul from St. Paul’s in Greensburg once again.  They are brother Knights and it’s always a privilege to pray with them.  And of course I always enjoy talking a little bit about St. Vincent College with Ed since he and I are both alums and many (if not all?) of his kids went there.  
There were a number of hostile (but brief, thankfully) encounters and only one passerby who was encouraging.  I had a somewhat bizarre encounter with a woman named A. who, after coming out of PP, wanted to talk to me and I think wanted me to say it was OK that she’d had an abortion in the past.  I prayed for her on the way home.  
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Faithful men of prayer on the 5 pm to 7 pm shift.

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Please access the website for Sidewalk Advocates for Life–  continued peaceful, prayerful witness and outreach all year round.    Get trained. A good follower of Jesus does not go to the sidewalk unprepared for spiritual battle.  It isn’t the protest and potential for incited violence that is going to end the violence of abortion.  It is the peaceful, prayerful, educational witness and follow up that is working. 

 

Marian

and the other family member dressed for rain.  He brought a friend this time.

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2 thoughts on “Day 31: Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty 7-11; Holy Sepulchre Catholic Church, Butler; Individual 3-5p / Ascension Holy Name Society 5-7

  • March 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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    Interesting Wizard of Oz comparison to the Christian message! Also liked the inclusion that Frank Baum “used the foolish characters to shame the wise” (1Corinthians 1:27 but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are: 29 that no flesh should boast before God).
    Isn’t this scripture a picture of who we are – nobodies who use truth, love, gentleness and prayer to shine light on “what is done in secret” to defeat the angry raging of a world that has gone mad? We expect the rich and powerful to be able to bring about change, but our God seems to delight in using the shepherd, the fisherman, the young virgin, the “sinner” to fulfill His plans.

    If you feel ineffective, or intimidated, just keep standing and praying. As soldiers of the LORD, our main job is to stand firm ( Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand). Our status in life is of no account on the spiritual battlefield, but our obedience is. May He bless all of you who stand out of obedience, disregarding the inconvenience – you know it’s the right thing to do. All glory goes to Him who calls us to stand!

    PS I believe the Psalm 52:1 quote is incorrect.

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  • April 1, 2017 at 2:23 am
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    Thank you for your kind words and sharing Scripture. Psalm 52:1 God wants the wicked to surrender. When we take refuge in God and surrender our hearts to Him then we are truly protected by His love. Jesus came to save sinners. The whole Psalm is quite appropriate to this blog.Thank you for revealing that little nugget!

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