Surrender = TRUST
I recently started a new job…..and it has been a lot more challenging than I expected. I know from the circumstances of how I came to be hired, that it is one of those things that was meant to be!! But it has been really hard (can you hear the whine in my voice?). I start a lot earlier in the day than I am used to so my normal routine has been all out of whack, I am completely out of my comfort zone in so many ways…and I don’t like it!
But TODAY was different! As I was getting ready, it popped into my head to say a little prayer, nothing fancy. Just something like God, I know this job is part of your plan for my life, clear my head and help me learn. I figured I would just surrender all my frustrations and struggle with training and TRUST God that it will work out! And yes, I had my best day so far!!…OK, I still needed the cup of Sumatra Blend at 1pm, but really, I can say it was a good day!
I know this is a small area of my life, but wouldn’t it be great if we could tell the women seeking abortions a similar thing…Surrender to GOD and Trust these circumstances in your life to Him. The fact is…God’s will for us is always for our happiness. When we Surrender and Trust him, it is to our own happiness that we are abandoning ourselves!!
It was a beautiful 7-9 shift…the warmest shift Dick and I have ever had! And it was warmed also by our warriors on the sidewalk with us. Today was the day for First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport. I have been so privileged to be shift manager the last 3 years when they came. Pastor Kirk brought 12 pray-ers during my shift!!
Jason,Roy,Alex, Dan,5 members of the Thompson family…including children who did such a good job handing out literature (who can resist those smiling faces), our Dean who is having surgery on Monday (prayers!) and Kathryn. Also Dick, Bill and I and Suzanne who is part of our regular Tuesday team now. Sally and Al usually join us but Sally told me since FEFC was coming, she and Al would be on the sidewalk with someone who had “less numbers”…everyone was concerned she wasn’t there but she is fine and being as gracious as ever.
“Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us” St. Mary (Aleppo) Bulletin. Charlene
Don’t know why, but cupcakes were delivered to Planned Parenthood today along with numerous staff members. How anyone could celebrate anything in an abortion facility defies any sense. We keep praying that sense returns to Planned Parenthood, abortions stop and women are given real healthcare when needed.Today the wonderful people from the First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport , Patty and Dick, joined Elsie and I for our shift as clients entered. Otherwise, it was a quiet day and the weather was wonderful for a Tuesday in October.
I was so thankful that my friend from church, Pam, could join me at the vigil today and drive us down! I’m having issues with my transmission so we were able to get back and forth with no issues today. And she kept me company so I wouldn’t be alone for my first hour. Pam was so good at reaching out to passersby encouraging them to join with us!
SA Elsie stayed for some time into my shift and had an encounter with a young man who now has custody of his two girls and lives with his Mom. The second girl is not his but he told his wife not to abort the child or he would leave her. So she did give life to the girl. He adores both girls. But his wife ended up leaving him (she has issues). They all need prayers.
It was a “circus” in the city today! Many stopped to take pictures. See the pictures of the large bus that pulled up when we were there. The man said they will be showing off the talents of their cats at the theatre next door to PP as a way to promote foster and adopting. How ironic! I told him we were there too to promote foster and adopting instead of killing!
Thank you so much to “non-organized” Peter who is not affiliated with any particular church. He took the time to come down to the vigil to stand for life and shared his thoughts with us. It was nice to meet him and to get input from him regarding how we deal with those who pass by.
Thanks to John and Linda who came from Geiger Church of the Brethren to stand vigil at the end of my shift and into the next. What a lovely couple! They kept vigil on “the other side” and engaged in conversation with those who passed by. They came all the way from Somerset! God bless them! Here they are with Peter:
We had one promising encounter with a mother who stopped to look at the models and asked us about fetal development. We gave her the feet pin, flyer and resource sheet that we had. She said that she thought her daughter just might change her mind if she can share those with her. So she quickly went in to PP to try and convince her. Sadly, we didn’t see them before I left. But let’s pray that “F” changed her mind!
“Regulars” Bill and Bob stop by during my shift. And Shift Manger Lisa came down to train SM Billy around the time that SM Nancy showed up! Here they are:
Nancy wrote from the 1-1 shift:
The Acro Cat bus being there was definitely a negative. The one sustaining thing throughout all this is how super wonderful the 40 days vigil SMs and prayer warriors are. Pat and Mary Elizabeth came to pray and did not let the bus fumes deter them. SM Michael arrived early. He is a super PR person. The couple from Somerset are gems, and were able to see humor in all that was going on. He was able to explain how buses are not allowed to idle with their motors running for more than a few minutes, but they can run their power generators as long as they want to. We are definitely making progress in the battle. Nancy
Lisa wrote from her 5-7 shift:
Today’s Responsorial Psalm: If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand? These words started my day and I reflected upon them throughout this day. They were helpful this evening. We had a woman stop by twice confronting us with what we know is the truth. “Karen” tried to refute the facts we know to be true. I sensed deep sadness and denial from her. Not one of us are not marked with iniquities, with the love of God may we continue to stand for the most vulnerable.
I have been shift manager for the 5 to 7 Tuesday time slot for a few years. It is a privilege to do it. I cannot say it is a joy, as we reflect on what and why. I can say it is a joy to stand beside the prayer warriors God sends to me. This second Tuesday of the campaigns always finds St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Carnegie, always well represented, in prayer with me. Walt, Tess, Vince, David and the beautiful “R” family. It’s great seeing those children growing up in such a loving family. Their young daughter lead us in the Divine Mercy at the end of the evening. Thank you so much. I always know I can count on you to stand in prayer with me.
Thanks you also, Johanna. My dear friend. I thank God for you and your commitment to this cause.
Here is a cool picture taken by Lisa tonight: