40 Days for Life
Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
But what profit did you get then
from the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God,
the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
and its end is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This passage above really made me think of the MANY ways that we can all fall into sin and fall away from God. As Christians, we are continually trying to work out our salvation… trying to continually convert… in so many ways.
Abortion affects so many people, and it ALWAYS brings about sadness and pain. The Lord has better plans for His people than sadness and pain! We shouldn’t have to wait until heaven to receive the joy that He wants to share with us in abundance.
So why do some of us flock to abortion- and to the abortion industry- rather than accept His life and love? I don’t always know those answers… but I DO know that our God is a Lord of great compassion and mercy.
I heard a talk about a year ago, given by a sex-trafficking survivor. This woman, now a woman in her 40’s, is a vibrant Christian woman of great hope and joy. It’s quite amazing, considering the horrors she had dealt with as a young girl. But one thing she said in her talk has stayed with me. She said that she knew that the Lord was speaking to her throughout her life, even in various situations as a sex-trafficking victim. On one of these occasions, when a man was forcing himself upon her, she remembers hearing the Lord clearly say to her heart, “I have a plan for you… and this isn’t it.”
And so, I boldly claim the same words of the Lord to those women and men who are victims of abortion, or who work in the abortion industry. The Lord has a plan for you… and THIS ISN’T IT.
Let us continue to pray for those who need to be reminded of this sacred truth. And let us put our trust in the Lord that He will show them exactly what His plan IS for them.
Shift Manager Reports
I was blessed to share my 7 to 9 shift with Peg as usual. Also we were joined by a man named Joe, from St. John the Baptist church in Plum, whose parish will be coming later today. He couldn’t come during that time so he went out of his way to come early this morning before work. It was a joy to pray and talk with him!
It was definitely an abortion day, we saw many couples going in. Some took information from us, although I am sure it was confiscated as soon as they walked in. A woman named Karen from Hosanna/Word and Worship church came towards the end of my shift, and then we were blessed to get to see faithful Chuck and Judy from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene as they arrived to take over the next shift.
Judy encouraged us with the reminder that when It seems like our enemy continuously places obstacles before us, that we are to simply keep our eyes on Jesus, and that way we will be able to continue! It is truly God’s gift to us, that he gives us each other! There is no place else in the world that I could meet such wonderful people as I do right on the sidewalks in front of Planned Parenthood during 40 Days for Life.
Well, today’s shift flew by. I think it was because I was praying with dear people I know from my parish! Thank you to ALL of the St. John the Baptist parishioners who came to pray with us today!! I was blessed with the presence of the mother-son team of Marlane and Jon, who are so beautiful and endearing.
For my second hour, I had the pleasure of praying with dear Mary from my parish as well. Mary is a joy, and is such a strong and beautiful woman of faith.
We had several positive moments today. A man stopped to tell us how thankful he is for what we are doing, another was when a man passing by in his vehicle shouted out for us to keep up the good work, and another was that a beautiful young woman named Jen stopped by to chat with us. She was beautiful inside and out- and was truly inspiring. She chatted with Mary and me for a while about people that she knew who needed help and resources, and we talked about her church. Jen, if you’re reading this, I hope you come back sometime. It was wonderful meeting you.
As for negative moments, we had one moment where a woman would have engaged us in argument… but we made the conscious decision to remain faithful to our reason for being there these 40 days– to PRAY. Thank You, Lord, for helping us to see that.
A paramedic vehicle was stopped in front of PP for a short time… but with no patient as far as I could tell. I hope that there was not another need for an ambulance just a week after the last one.
The “I support Planned Parenthood” sign was held high when I got to 933, and she held it up for the two hours I was there. Carolyn said she was there for her shift, too. There was a constant rosary rising as the Chippewa, Holiday Park and city bus riders’ line snaked along Liberty Avenue. The occasional “Glad you’re here” or “Thank you for being here” are as good as gold.
The 5-7 PM shift on Thursday was peaceful and prayerful. Special thanks to Tim & Lisa from St. John the Baptist Church, Billy from the Assembly of God Church, and Jim from St. Maurice for their prayers and faithful witness! May God bless pregnant mothers in need and grant protection of the lives of children in the womb.
God has a plan for ALL of us… born and pre-born alike.
And His plan will ALWAYS be better than
anything we could have planned for ourselves.
Let us TRUST in Him and His plan for each of us.