Day 9: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh, Lutherans for Life, St. Scholastica Catholic Church (Aspinwall), and all of our other volunteers of the day!
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[Jesus] said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
An abundant harvest is a beautiful thing. But imagine an abundant harvest, like the one in the above photo, but with only ONE laborer. We’ve probably all been there…. much work to be done, but too few to do it.
The solution, according to Jesus, is to “ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.” We must continue to ask the Lord for pro-life workers and advocates to help us in our mission of prayer and ministry to the people on the Liberty Avenue sidewalk.
Jesus also tells us in this passage that He is sending us “like lambs among wolves.” But are we to fear this? No. Our Lord is completely trustworthy. While driving to the vigil today, one of the last things I heard on the radio was a song with these Christian lyrics: “I am not alone…. I am not alone…. You will go before me. You will never leave me.” This REALLY lifted me up to go onto the sidewalk with confidence. We ALL can have that confidence and trust in the Lord while on that sidewalk…. in that “field.” There is much work, much harvesting to be done. We can’t slack off now. 🙂
Shift Manager Reports
Thursday 7 to 9: it was a quiet and peaceful shift this morning. It was a blessing to be joined by Peg. We each prayed silently one on either side of the circle for most of the shift. Near the end of our shift we noticed Meredith on the other side of the street with her pro life literature. It was great to see her! Soon we were joined with wonderful Judy and Chuck from Lincoln Place Nazarene Church. They are both so full of joy and the Holy Spirit shines so beautifully through them! I am constantly encouraged by the gift that God gives us through 40 Days for Life by putting us all together as a family and God!
Another thought I had today, as I thought about the gospel from Luke, is where Jesus sends his apostles out, saying he is sending them like lambs among wolves. Isn’t that what he is doing with us? Our peaceful, vulnerable witness in front of Planned Parenthood, surrounded by hostility, sounds like he is using us in the same way! To proclaim the kingdom of God! I wonder, if the cities in which 40 Days for Life campaigns are taking place, are the very places in which he intends to pour out his Spirit in the coming days? Thank you everyone for praying and witnessing today!
Today, Jody and Chuck and Meredith from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene
and Beth Ann from St Alexis stood firm as faithful missionaries to our Father God, spreading His love and message of grace and compassion.
It was a rather hectic shift today! But it was good for me to remember the “hectic side” of this ministry; many times I get WAY too complacent. Two main things to mention: Please pray for Carly (not her real name) who went into PP today for an abortion. Her male friend had come outside for a smoke, and I was able to speak to him. Shift Manager Pat and I saw them later, walking away from PP. But we’re not sure what had happened- whether the abortion had taken place or not. So thank you for the prayer support she still needs.
And there was a man who approached one of our participants who was CLEARLY under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or both). He talked to us a tiny bit, and tried to hug one of our participants, but I did not allow him. And the poor guy was in REALLY bad shape- he could hardly stand up straight. Well, a few minutes later, the cops arrived. None of us had called them, so I wasn’t clear on the situation, but within minutes, SIX police officers were surrounding and frisking and searching this guy. They were very gentle and soft-spoken with him, as he could hardly communicate. But we think he had some drugs on him. Crazy. Thank GOD this did not involve our vigil at all. Just painting a picture of the scenes during my shift… and of course, while all of this was going on- and before and after- people were entering PP, and Deacon Paul and I reached out to help them…. but very few were receptive. But I am not deterred. We NEVER know how the Lord will use us.
The Thursday 5-7 PM shift was very prayerful and encouraging. Special thanks to Mary Catherine, Ann, Vincent & Vicky from St. Scholastica in Aspinwall for their faithful prayers and witness. Vincent lead us in singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which was inspirational.
May the Lord bless us and keep us close to His most Sacred Heart and may the lives of unborn children be cherished, and hearts be converted, through the grace of God, the intercession of the Blessed Mother, and the faithful witness, prayers, and fasting of Christians and others throughout the world.