Revealing that which was concealed…

“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” Matt. 10:26-28

When God first broke my heart over abortion back in 2009, (through a sermon called “Stop the Holocaust” by Dr. John Guest )…it was like an awakening for me. The horror of abortion was revealed to me and it truly broke my heart. One of the worst things about that time in my life was that I didn’t have anyone else to share my grief with. It seemed as if the rest of the world was oblivious to what was happening. It was as if I were a little girl in Nazi Germany, who saw the trainloads of suffering people screaming out for help, but when I went to tell my mommy…she didn’t believe me. The most frustrating thing about our culture at that time was the abortion industry’s propaganda that they put out to the world. They portrayed themselves as seeking to offer compassion and care to women in crisis. They wanted to be seen as the “good guys“. And we pro-lifers…how were we portrayed? We were the angry, self-righteous religious zealots who wanted to take away women’s rights. Abortion was not the killing of a baby, but just the removal of a clump of cells, and most people mistakenly believed abortion was only legal through the first trimester.

My goodness, how the times have changed! The new abortion laws in New York, which are calling other states to follow suit, are awakening people from their slumber. People who were uninformed or apathetic in their views are now being awakened. God is on the move and He is using us!!! The anti-life forces are no longer hiding behind the mask of compassion. Evil is being revealed for what it is. That which was concealed is being revealed! It is God who is doing this, and He is using 40 Days for Life as an important instrument in this work! In fact, as you probably know, Abby Johnson, the former director of the Planned Parenthood where 40 Days for Life began, had a radical conversion, left the abortion industry and now leads a ministry to help other abortion workers to leave! The writers of “God’s Not Dead” have made a film about her conversion (and the role 40 Days for Life played in it!) that will be released on March 29th, which will have a showing in Pittsburgh. I don’t have the details yet, but I will let you know as soon as I do. For now, you can WATCH THE TRAILER HERE and mark your calendars for March 29th!

While I was watching the State of the Union Address last week, I was struck by the image of the “women in white” sitting stone-faced while the rest of the room broke out in explosive applause, following President Trump’s call to repeal the barbaric late-term abortion laws, which basically amount to infanticide. I found myself shouting to the television screen, “Come on you dumb women…stand up and clap! How stupid can you be? To openly defend the killing of full term infants? Really??? That is what you are going to hinge your political platform on? You are so fearful of losing your “rights” that you are willing to condone the killing of babies as they are being born? Ladies…you are on the WRONG SIDE!!!”

CHOOSING SIDES. That is what it is boiling down to. God is forcing us to choose our side. It occurred to me that if a morally just nation decided to attack a certain town because of humanitarian abuses that were happening there…they would first seek to clear the area of all innocent civilians. In the same way, If God is going to bring a just punishment to our land for the shedding of so much innocent blood and the breaking of moral laws…wouldn’t he first try to clear away the innocent civilians? Wouldn’t those who were uninformed and unaware…those who were deceived by the propaganda be like the innocent civilians? Could God be using these barbaric laws to awaken those who were deceived so they are forced to choose a side?

When I went to the Assembly of God church, I remember my pastor saying one Sunday, “If our nation passed a law making it illegal to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” That saying really convicted me. I also think it applies to the defense of human life. We call ourselves “Pro-Life”…but how many of our friends, family and neighbors know of our pro-life views? Would there be enough evidence to convict us? When we stand in prayerful defense of vulnerable human life at our 40 Days for Life vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, we are publicly witnessing to the truth that human life is sacred. It is clear to EVERYONE what side we are on!!!

If you wish to make it clear to everyone (including yourself) that YOU stand on the side of LIFE…join us for this Lenten 40 Days for Life  journey!  We need your help!  Our vigil is only half-filled as of this writing.  You can view the schedule by clicking HERE.

You can volunteer to be a “shift buddy” to one of our shift managers that is in danger of having to stand alone! They are: Wednesdays 1-3 (for Chris), Wednesdays 3-5 (for Jeannie), Fridays 1-3 (for Elaine), Fridays 3-5 (for Pat) and Saturdays 5-7 (for Jeff). Email me at nbruni@40daysforlifepgh.com if you can help!

Sign up to fast on certain days by joining our 40 day fast (liquids or bread) by clicking HERE.

Use our campaign flyers and bulletin inserts at your church to help get the word out! We are out of our printed stock, but you can save and print them yourself from this link: Click HERE to view them.

Mark your calendars to join us for our kick-off Mass and prayer procession on Tuesday, March 5th.  All are welcome! Details are posted HERE.   


Remember that our theme for these 40 days is LOVE. If we LOVE, we must be willing to sacrifice. Where there is no sacrifice, there is no love.

What better way to show your love for God than to sacrifice a little time and comfort…overcome a little apprehension and fear…and publicly pray for an end to abortion in front of Planned Parenthood? I hope to see you there!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

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