“…Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20
In this 40 Days for Life campaign, far more than two of us agree on what to pray for. We are fervently asking for an end to abortion. Our Pittsburgh group is praying, in particular, for the closing of the Liberty Avenue Planned Parenthood so that no more children will be killed there, no more women will be harmed there. Jesus has PROMISED us that our heavenly Father will grant our request! In my weakness, I often get stuck on my four-year-old daughter’s favorite question…“But WHEN???” Over and over again, I need to go back to Scripture to quiet my childish grumbling.
“(Jesus) answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.” Acts 1:7
My question of when is not going to be answered in advance. In reality, it’s irrelevant. No matter what time is ordained for our longing to be satisfied, I just need to keep praying and trusting that God has this all worked out. As the beautiful saying goes, “Faith in God includes faith in His timing.” It seems silly that I still struggle with it even though God has shown Himself to be trustworthy countless times in my own life, let alone in the history of humanity. He knows what He is about…every detail is intricately planned for our good, even when I can see no reason for delay.
“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2Peter 3:8-9
Thank you, Lord, for Your patience with us, and for Your perfect timing. Please grant us TRUST in that timing and the courage to persevere in prayer until the joyful day when your promise is fulfilled and no more women or children are destroyed by the evil of abortion!
7-9 AM, Charlene:
Today was cold on the sidewalk at 7. Someone earlier in the week said they had gotten out their “long Johns “ and I followed their lead. But there was warmth coming from all of the prayer warriors! It warms my heart to pray with my friends from my parish, St. Bonaventure. They always bring joy to the sidewalk. Fr. John ( with no hat) brought MaryAnn, Frank, Theresa, Mario, Jean, and Matt. We were also praying with Sally and Al, Rose from St. Mary’s Glenshaw,and BethAnn from At. Alexis.
PP was steady business and I believe they are starting earlier…like by 7:30. It is hard to stand and see the steady flow going in. But I read something in one of those catalogs that you get every other day(sweatshirts, posters, etc.) and it said,”You’ve got 3 choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got” God has called us to“Give it all we’ve got”…and so we will.
11 AM-1 PM, Marie:
Brooklynne & Cayesen are students at Blessed Trinity Academy. They are from St. Mary in Glenshaw. Both prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Brooklynne led several decades. She had participated in her first 40 Days inside her mother’s belly and has been part of many more since, in the last 10 years.
1-3 PM, Barbara and Richard:
Our shift was sunny and warm as we prayed with witnesses from Sts. John and Paul, Jim from St. Philip and our guardian angel, Ginny.
Beautiful day in Pittsburgh- bright, sunny, and warm for the 3 to 5 shift. Quiet which allowed us to pray consistently while handing out candy. Thank you, Ginny, Esther, and Nati as you all warmed the sidewalk with your smiles and candy! John (from St Killian’s) joined us for a while to pray as well – thank you!
5-7 PM, Pat:
I had a nice night out there with both good weather and, for a Friday night, it was relatively peaceful and quiet. Bill stopped by for a quick visit early on. Matteo and Thomas are students at CMU and signed up through the Newman Center which serves the Catholic students of Pitt, CMU, and other colleges and universities in Pittsburgh. Matteo, Thomas, Jim and I began the evening with the rosary with pro-life meditations. Jim had to catch his bus after that. The rest of the evening Matteo, Thomas and I engaged in both group prayer and individual silent prayer – with some breaks for good conversation, of course.