Do your friends know?
Do your friends know how strongly you believe in the sanctity of life and that you are a pro-life warrior? When I first got involved in pro-life activity, I didn’t tell many, if any people let alone my friends or co-workers. Looking back I’m not sure why but I’m guessing it was a concern with “what would they think?”. Would they think less of me or ridicule me? I’m guessing it was some of both. Perhaps it was that pride or vanity or fear thing. Oh, and let’s not forget how uncomfortable I was praying downtown in front of everyone passing by.
However, slowly I became emboldened. I went from “praying only” at pp, to holding a bumper sticker as a sign (wow, how’s that for bold). But slowly my signs got bigger and my prayers longer and louder and involvement in 40 DFL deeper. The little mustard seed started to grow. And I became more joyful.
Working in God’s vineyard does make me happy.
So then I started telling friends, family and co-workers and you know what? They were interested and wanted to get involved too. They just didn’t know how. Let’s be clear, they all didn’t jump at the chance. Some just politely said “oh”.
Abby Johnson said, “Abortion is a silent tragedy”. People don’t hear about it or think about it. I believe there are many good Christians out there who would stand against abortion but they don’t know how.
So now I tell people about 40 DFL, how it adds purpose and meaning to my life and then how to get involved. And you know what? They get involved. Of course not all of them but some. After this calling is not for everyone. “Some are apostles, some prophets, some evangelists…”
My advice to you is “BE NOT AFAID” tell your friends. Maybe forward them a good blog (like this one) or invite them to join with you when you are going next to pray at the vigil. Or sign up to go again. Or just show up. Click SCHEDULE above if you want to sign up.
Just tell them. Peace and joy.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) for the last two shifts (3-5 & 5-7) we need prayer warriors, so that Michael and Lisa M. will not be there alone! Stop by if you can even if for only a few minutes.
Today at the vigil we will or have had St. Mary of the Assumption (Glenshaw) and Holy Apostles Parish (South Hills). We will be posting pictures and stories from today’s vigil throughout the day so stop back.
Here’s from Shift Manager Sue D. 7-9 am:
“It was a really quiet morning on the sidewalk! It just didn’t seem like there were even that many people in town….I focused my time praying quietly, it is so important that I decided not to even attempt to engage passersby or hand out any information. I let the baby models speak for themselves! Several workers went into PP this morning but overall it was pretty quiet. Bill stopped by and told me a story about how someone prayed over him this weekend and he is healed from arthritis! He was feeling very limber and was trying to remember how to do the Teaberry Shuffle, LOL!! As I was finishing my shift, a person made a comment “my body, my choice”….I just glanced at the baby models and wonder if she ever considers the baby’s body? Ginny arrived for her shift right on time, it is such a blessing to meet so many faithful people!” ~Sue
“A couple his first time at 40 Days and her second They spent an hour praying. It was a very quiet morning otherwise.”
From Beth S. 11-1 pm:
“Today it was as chilly on the outside of Planned Parenthood as it must be on the inside of Planned Parenthood, considering their business. When Peg and I, from St. Elizabeth of Hungary arrived, Rose and Mary Angela from Holy Apostles were waiting. We were joined by Anna Marie, also from Holy Apostles, to continue praying until Nikki came around 3 p.m. There were a few negative comments, my favorite coming from a woman who kept asking me if I was voting for Trump. She seemed really annoyed with me when I told her the election was over.
Well, sometimes life comes at your fast.
There were also quite a few positive comments, thank yous, thumbs up, etc. All in all, a peaceful, prayerful occasion.”
From Nikki 3-5 pm:
“I had a very peaceful, prayerful shift from 3 to 5. It was great seeing Beth when I arrived along with her friend from her Parish, St. Elizabeth. Also there was Peg, from holy apostles Parish. After they left, I was joined by faithful Bill and my dear friend and fellow shift manager Lisa, who had come to make sure I wouldn’t be alone. We had many positive comments, I don’t remember any negative.
A few times, people stopped and just wanted to chat about the importance of life. One man stopped and asked, “is this an abortion clinic? I had no idea!“. One woman wanted to pray with us, which we did. Most of the shift, we just prayed silently and while I prayed, I watched people‘s expressions. Many, many people look at the fetal models. I really think they make a big impact and plant many seeds, especially in young people. I think we are sowing seeds that will reap a big harvest someday, bigger than we can know! We just have to keep going, as Beth always says. Thank you shift manager Hank and Joe for filling in for the 5 to 7 shift tonight!”
From Joe K. 5-7 pm:
“Well, today is the half-way point and this was the first day that
reminded me that we are truly into the fall season – hoodies-n-coats…
The shift transitioned from Nikki, Lisa, and Bill to Hank and I must
say that it was a little bit of a different evening… First, I was honored
and thankful to have the opportunity to share the shift with Hank.
Passerby “A” also transitioned shifts and offered support, shared some Bible verses, and also asked for prayers. One scripture passage shared was Psalm 92, the King James Version (KJV), which is one of the places that mentions a unicorn…
Not that I didn’t believe (the reference), but when I got home and looked it up – there it was in verse 10 – “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn”. I could definitely to do a better job of TRUSTING… Thanks & prayers for “A”!
One gentleman stopped by in his Range Rover to gloat over the downfall of a local leader… Another very angry young man made sure (multiple times) to express his “displeasure” with my personal participation in our vigil. This was mixed-in with occasional thanks and support from passerby’s to balance out the evening.
Hank provided many of the passerby’s with friendly hello’s!
A young person from a local college working on a “project” interviewed / photographed Bill, Hank, and myself at various times… I believe we were
all open and TRUSTING. I do hope and pray that not only do they publish
the TRUTH about the issues and our movement, but that this TRUTH is self-recognized / realized.
Hank and I utilized the rest of the shift to pray and share – talking about, among
other things, Trust, Forgiveness, and Healing…”