OUR MESSAGE IS being HEARD!
Last week on the sidewalk, I watched an employee of PP walk out and pour water on the musings of my favorite street prophet which read: “Every Human Life Saved is > any $ Amount “ The chalked message was a response to the pledge-a -picketer message PP has posted. The PP employee took time and used paper toweling to attempt to scrub the words off the sidewalk . She was definitely bothered by it what the message said, which means SHE READ AND UNDERSTOOD IT and she felt she had to remove it — It GOT TO HER!
Another PP employee addressed me about the baby photo I was wearing. She said “You know they don’t look like that, don’t you?” (referring to the innocent ones killed in the clinic) . I said “Well, I know you don’t look like you did when you were 2 years old, but you are still you — it is still a child!” She through up her hands and walked angrily away.
Many of us have experienced similar instances where folks are “acting up” in response to our presence. It may just be showing us that convenient middle finger, or using the phrase that often accompanies that gesture, or maybe a shake of the head or an audible “tsk”, sometimes these poor souls even lose control of their drool (if you know what I mean). I know it is easy to become upset or unsettled when folks approach us with this impolite behavior. I react viscerally as well…. it is a bit nerve-wracking.
But ….. once things settle down (and they always do) we must realize that this behavior means that
WE ARE CHANGING THINGS ON THE SIDEWALK.
I think we can safely say that WE Are getting under the skin of the PP employees/supporters. They read our signs, they see our images, they witness our commitment and …… THEY REACT. If our message didn’t hit home, didn’t stir something within them —- if we were insignificant, or clueless, would any of them bother with us? I think not.
I pray that we are given the peace to react to these angry acts of PP supporters by acknowledging them as the beginning of the conversation on abortion people in our country need to have.
Perhaps, now that we are under their skin,
Shift Report from Tim, 7-9am
Thanks to Father Tim and the Guardians for Life who made such a powerful witness on the sidewalk with their prayers and presence. Liberty Ave was closed to traffic so we really stood out on the sidewalk.
The Saturday morning “regulars” mentioned they were saddened by the end of 40 DFL. It gave a sense of being part of something so much bigger than their individual efforts. And they really liked the extra prayer warriors to give witness to life. Never the less, this dedicated team will be back next Saturday morning and every one thereafter. God bless them all. Tim B.
Shift Report from Sue:
I arrived this morning to the faithful Guardians for Life finishing out a Rosary, and they stayed and prayed until around 10:00. Dan from St. Maria Goretti joined us, followed shortly afterward by Rosemary and Tom from St. George Orthodox Church in Bridgeville. I for one am blessed every vigil by Tom and Rosemary’s lovely sung prayer, and this vigil was no exception. SA Judy also arrived around 10:00.
PP business today was pretty “average” for a Saturday – “average” of course always being too much. We offered cards and literature to each person going in, and we also prayed for each person going in. For the first time in my years of coming to the PP sidewalk, I witnessed a PP escort accompanying a woman OUT of the clinic and down the street. I am pretty certain I saw this woman go in; thus, she likely did not have an abortion, but all the same, I’ve never seen this happen. At one point, a passerby said to us “Just adopt!” and I replied “Amen – perfect idea!”, although I believe her intention was to imply that we should do that instead of being on the sidewalk. Judy, as she regularly does, told each PP escort that their lives are profound and have been since before they were born. Today, one of the male escorts replied to her that he had talked to God and that He was going to forgive us. Amen – may God forgive us and the escorts and every person who loves Him, and may he break hardened hearts by the power of His Holy Spirit!
Shift Report from Dean:
Peaceful shift for the first hour and a half, until the last half an hour a man came to pass out tracts. He was trying to get into an argument about differences in Christian religions. Happily, we were able to avoid arguing with him.
Shift Report from Billy:
Today I was accompanied by 2 volunteers named Maggie and Tammy. I was visited by a guy named Chuck and while he was talking to me a lady walked by with her son. She explained to us that she went with her friend to take her friend to the particular clinic we were at and explained in detail and even expressed to her son this clinic was an abortion clinic. Then we had Mimi come visit. Out of all the people who I had recognized going 6 went in and 4 came out. Out of the four the one woman definitely seemed to not be comfortable there and seemed to work else where. All in all it was pretty quiet today. Billy
Shift Report from Kathy:
Mimi arrived just as I arrived. She commanded: “Say Rosary.”
God provided Joan, John,and Mike from Bentleyville at just the right moment.
Mike led the Rosary and Bridgette joined us. Afterward, Mimi shared all she would do tonight and we watched as she crossed the street and zoomed down Liberty.
Praying on her knees Bridgette was observed by many as the concert preparations were underway, touching hearts —- including mine.
Jim joined us, too.
Prayers continued until we were delighted to see Diane and Tom.