40 Days for Life
Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
Jeremiah 17: 5-8
I see the baby’s hand holding on to a trusted adult. I also see the Lord tell us in Jeremiah, “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings.” How can these two be reconciled? How are we to ascertain the times when we should- or should not- trust our fellow human beings?
Certainly, there are times when we need to trust those around us. We trust in humans all the time, from the time we are very young.
We are made for communion with one another. God made us with the knowledge that “it is not good for the man to be alone.” So… why would the Lord say, “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh?” Because of the next line: “Whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
Do the abortion-minded couples we encounter seek their strength in what their fellow humans have to offer them, and trust in THAT ALONE? Because if so, then they will surely find themselves “cursed,” right? “Cursed” in the sense that they will not be seeking God’s will. And if not God’s will, then their own or someone else’s. Therefore, they will not have the serenity that HE ALONE can bring. This is why they- and we- must remain close to the Lord at all times, but particularly in times that challenge us to the core. We must remain “planted beside” Him and gaining our strength from HIM.
Let us continue to sincerely PRAY for and have COMPASSION for those who are seeking abortion. May we show Christ’s love to them. May we be witnesses to the world that love for, and trust in, one another matters. It can even save a life. No one needs to feel alone.
We can put our trust in a friend…..
And ultimately, we can put our trust in Christ Jesus, uniting ourselves to Him in prayer….
Shift Manager Reports
It was a quiet 7 to 9 shift, the rain held off and the temperatures were mild. It was very prayerful. Around 7:30, abortion-bound couples began entering the clinic. I did my best to offer assistance, but most of them refused the information.
Sally was on my heart, as I learned last night that she is in the hospital with pneumonia and it is serious. The first two couples who went in were offered information and refused, but they heard our encouragement for them about alternatives and help. I prayed that God would save those first two babies for Sally. Sadly, they never came back out. Please everyone, pray for Sally’s healing! God bless you!
It was a “fine soft mornin'” this morning, over 10 degrees warmer and much less rain than last week!I shared the sidewalk with faithful Chuck who greets every passerby with a cheery “Good morning! God bless you!” Most people respond in kind.Sadly, it was a busy day for abortion-bound couples. But I didn’t feel the usual sadness because I felt so strongly that as we were present, and prayed, and handed out resource cards, God Himself was doing the battle.One young woman came out of PP and received the resource card I gave her. She said that her appointment was rescheduled, and when I told her that she could have a free ultrasound, she was sorry she didn’t know before because she had to pay $100 at PP. Please pray for her, since we’re not sure what her situation is.Another woman passing by shared that she was told at sixteen that she could not have a child. She has two blessings contrary to that diagnosis and doesn’t understand abortion, since there are so many people who would be glad to have a child.Chuck and I were leaving the vigil, relieved by Lisa and Pastor Adam when Pastor Adam’s collar caught the attention of a man passing by who requested prayer. Pray for him and his heroin-addicted daughter who may be pregnant.Keep being light in the darkness and never give up hope!God bless you,Meredith
Today was one of those days that the reality of abortion hit me again. I am so thankful that it happens, because I would never want to become desensitized to that reality.
Nikki had told me about a couple who had gone in this morning, and to keep an eye out for them if they should come out. Well, they DID come out, but it appeared as though the poor woman had an abortion already. SO sad. The couple was with what looked like the woman’s parents. When I approached the four of them as they came out, three of them would not make eye contact with me. Only the woman’s mother looked at me with a sad smile and said, “No, thank you. We’re okay.” They waited another moment for the light to change, and so I said, “We’re here to help- and we’ll be here all day.” She smiled again as they left. JUST. SO. SAD. How does their life go after this? We’ll never know. But it has made mine a little sadder.
One thing that made my shift a little nicer, however, was spending it with Pastor Adam. What a wonderful man. Thank you, Pastor Adam, for manning the other side of the circle. And thank you also to Joan, Bob, Philene, and Denise who joined us as well. God bless you all!
We were with two ladies from SS. Simon and Jude parish. We all stood in the rain and prayed. It was a good shift. I am thankful for the people who came and braved the rain.
(Carolyn also sent a lovely photo of two wonderful prayer volunteers. My apologies for not including their names. I will do so when I find out!)
Three “pre-teens” came to taunt us. They made noise and wrote silly signs, e.g., “I’m not with them.” It was chilly and raining, but they didn’t mind. The girl asked me. “Are you a feminist?” She seemed shocked when I said “no.”
It poured down rain the entire two hours. We were soaked, and there was standing water on the sidewalk. But it was wonderful having Joe with us!
Jim, a Knight from St. Bernadette, came early to relieve our “team.”
Joe and Jim kept vigil on the sidewalk and passersby said, “I pray every day!” It’s as good as sunshine when someone says, “Thank you.”
We were grateful for that little yellow cubbyhole out of the rain–until the drainpipe overflowed and filled our safe space with a cold pond of water.Joe worked in heavy construction so he was comfortable in a light jacket. Our rosary rose to heaven on raindrops.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus who braved the elements and stayed during my shift. Bill H. came for a short visit.I took the opportunity to pass out literature, 40 Days wristbands, and buttons when it stopped raining. All of it went. Some thank yous were given to us from passersby. A few negative glares and comments. God bless them!The rest of the time was spent praying and talking to one another.
Let us remember to put all of our trust ultimately in the Lord.
We can trust Him from now until eternity.