40 Days for Life
Thus says the LORD:
This is what I commanded my people:
Listen to my voice;
then I will be your God and you shall be my people.
Walk in all the ways that I command you,
so that you may prosper.
But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.
They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts
and turned their backs, not their faces, to me.
From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,
I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.
Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed;
they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers.
When you speak all these words to them,
they will not listen to you either;
when you call to them, they will not answer you.
Say to them:
This is the nation that does not listen
to the voice of the LORD, its God,
or take correction.
Faithfulness has disappeared;
the word itself is banished from their speech.
Jeremiah 7: 23-28
The Lord DOES NOT say that if we walk in His ways, He will make our lives miserable.
NO. He tells us that if we walk in His ways……
…that we will PROSPER.
This means that ALL of the things in life that we need will be provided for by HIM. We will PROSPER.
Of course, we know that we’re not referring to material things- but SPIRITUAL.
This Lent, are we walking in His ways? Are we PROSPERING?
We know of some ways in which we definitely WILL NOT and CANNOT prosper: When we TURN OUR BACKS TO HIM…
… and when we DO NOT LISTEN to Him….
But the Lord wants to give us EVERYTHING that is good. He wants us to prosper.
Have you had an abortion? Participated in any way in helping someone to get one? Supported abortion in any way? Then you may feel like you are in the “misery” photo, above…. lost, alone, and in a moral wasteland.
Wouldn’t we rather live in the place of prosperity, where we will be richly provided for? THIS is what the Lord desires…. for ALL of us.
Shift Manager Reports
It was a quiet and peaceful early morning shift. I had my faithful prayer partner Peggy with me. In the early morning hours, most pedestrians seem to mostly ignore us, just trying to get to work on time and still half asleep. I was able to pray. The first couple, who clearly seemed to be abortion-bound, entered the building around 7:30. The man motioned for the woman to take the information that I was offering, but she refused. They did not come back out. By the end of my shift, couples were starting to enter the clinic. I have a feeling it will be a busy abortion day today. Thanks to God for giving us this opportunity to stand in the gap for these little ones who have no voice, to be a voice and a witness for them!
Bill stopped for a bit, and Chuck came half an hour early for his 9 to 11 shift. Meredith, the substitute shift manager, arrived a little before nine. It was wonderful to see her! The new baby model set looks so beautiful with the sun shining on it. I took a picture. Katie also came to sidewalk counsel, such a joy to have her back! Thank you to everyone who is participating in 40 Days for Life! May God bless you!
When I arrived for my shift, Chuck and Katie! were already there. Katie managed to hold an armload of stuff, prepared to share with passers-by, in spite of needing to wear big mittens today. I opted for yellow cards, but had to look down from time to time to make sure I was still holding them! I attempted to hand literature to a young woman both Katie and I thought to be Planned Parenthood-bound, but when I put my hand out to hand it to her, it was empty! I had dropped it from my mittened fingers! Fortunately, she passed up the doors as did most people. There were far fewer clients going in today, praise the Lord!The new fetal models are amazing! But although they got some glances, it was a bit too brisk for folks to linger long.Planned Parenthood was obviously going to have some kind of presence at the International Women’s Day event. Staff and volunteers came and went with materials and signs.I’m just so blessed to know that 80 and more days of the year, life is represented at the very gates of hell. Keep up the “good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Meredith and her friends from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene had the sidewalk filled with prayer. As they left, Katie remained and handed out prolife literature.This was one of the most congenial days. So many of the passersby had much to say about gratitude for our witness.One man knows Al and Sally and praised them for their years-long history of pro life time spent in outdoor inclement weather.There was a police-accompanied group of marchers carrying signs. I could not read any of the signs. They were a block away.Early in the shift, we were joined by students and 3 women with them who had traveled to us from Elk County Catholic High School, a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Their names were Dominic, Anna, Maggie, Josie, Morgan, Gina, Mary, Rena, Catherine, Holly, Emma and Cathy.The women were Janet, Marilyn and Laurey. Soon after they arrived, they prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and then the prayers on the back of Jeannie’s baby pictures. Soon, again, they were praying the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries Rosaries.No wonder the sidewalk felt so congenial.Barbara, 11-12 Shift Manager
I arrived at noon and was greeted by Laurey, my friend and St. Vincent College classmate from many years ago. She, along with her sister and two sisters-in-law (I hope I have that right) brought two full car-loads of high school students from Elk County Christian way up there in St. Mary’s PA. [SIDE NOTE: B/c so many of the monks at St. Vincent originally hailed from St. Mary’s, I was taught by these same monks to refer to it as “The Holy City.”] I know their prayerful and happy presence made an impact on many, many people today.
Later on I was joined by Denise from the North Side and three women from PCUC in New Castle. Thank you all for your many sacrifices on a cold March day.
Three lovely ladies from the New Castle chapter of People Concerned for the Unborn Child were almost ready for the long ride home as we began our shift.
Joe and Mike, good buddies from Corpus Christi in McKeesport, were ready with rosaries and the willing, spirited determination of veteran pro-lifers.
Bob and Anna Marie from St. John the Baptist de LaSalle in Delmont are veterans, too. They had been standing and praying since 1:00. They offered assistance to a woman who said she needed money because she was hungry. Bob offered to take her to the nearby Burger King for a hearty meal. She said “no thanks.”
Not a lot of traffic into PP. There was a lady with several bags of decorator items. I had not seen the couple who manage the vegetarian restaurant across the street, and I missed them. Today they were there to head for home with remnants of their day’s work, still smiling and adding to our familiarity of this Pittsburgh landmark.
The clear cover over our new fetal models is a tribute to Nikki’s craftsmanship. The self-explanatory exhibit is a fine teaching tool and a person who is ambivalent about having an abortion will have their doubts reinforced in a healthy way.
Charles came as Shift Manager for the 5:00-7:00 shift just as our Pittsburgh “canyon” filled with the promised flutter of snowflakes.
Let us remember to continue to pray, fast,
and follow the ways of the Lord,
this Lent and always.
Only then will we PROSPER.