Do you ever think about the virtue of RECEIVING? I think about it a lot when I am on the sidewalk. It is a gift to be able to graciously RECEIVE……. It can be humbling if you are receiving HELP, It can take obedience if you are receiving constructive CRITICISM and It can be joyous if you are receiving a PRESENT!
I hope and I pray before I go to the sidewalk, when I am down on the sidewalk and many times for days afterwards, that the people we encounter will be receptive of our Pro-Life message!
Of course it’s always great when we have someone receive our message wholeheartedly and give us their support. But we are also happy for someone to receive our message from a bus or a car or the other side of the street!
You have to be soft to receive…like a sponge, soft enough to soak up what is being offered. We hope and pray women seeking abortion, people unaware that PP performs over 3000 abortions a year and people who have experienced abortion are just soft enough to receive……………….. a yellow card, a pamphlet, a message from our signs or the message of the fetal models.
Mary is the perfect example of how we should receive: She received Jesus with Humility, with Obedience and with Joy!
7-9: Charlene and Dick
Every Tuesday when Dick, Ed, and I are on the sidewalk it has been in the 20s and cold. No change today but it felt colder…and I don’t think my hand warmers were working as well. There were single, young women going in PP from early morning…all with faces as cold as the day. We think 3 were for abortions.
Ed and I were discussing, as everyone on the sidewalk does at times, “When will this place close”. And my “Jesus Calling” was there with the answer,”Waiting on Me means directing your attention to Me in hopeful anticipation of what I will do. It entails trusting Me with every fiber of your being instead of trying to figure things out yourself.” So, let’s trust and pray and let Jesus do his thing. Charlene
When I arrived at my 9 to 11 shift, I laid the three beautiful pink roses on the sidewalk along with wooden crosses to mark them as memorials, but unfortunately they were not there more than 20 minutes before a young man came by, obviously hostile, and was laughing as he picked them up and walked away with them. So, I decided that from now on instead of laying whole roses, I will bring roses but will disperse the petals loosely on the sidewalk. This will serve two purposes. One, people will not be able to pick up all the loose petals to remove them, and it will also represent the way that the beautiful bodies of unborn babies are torn apart and thrown away. The first couple who went in for an abortion would not take any alternative information, so in honor of their child I simply laid one rose petal on the sidewalk with the cross.
I appreciated the opportunity to interact with the group from St. Alexis parish, who were there for the first half-hour of my shift. St. Titus parish covered the full 11-1, with Patti and John (God bless them) staying all the way until 3PM. For the bulk of the time Fr. Thomas More, the Pastor at St. Titus was on the materials side and Patti (who spent much of her time on her knees) and John on the other.
We had one noteworthy encounter. A man stopped as he passed us with his three kids. He pointed to the youngest, who was in the stroller, and freely admitted that “he wanted to get rid of it,” and explained that he had serious economic fears about dividing his limited income once again to feed another mouth. But then said that he kept hearing God’s voice in his head telling him not to do it and to trust in Him. While he never mentioned a connection between what he heard from God and what we do in front of PP for 40DFL, I couldn’t help but think as he walked away that perhaps our collective praying had a role in his hearing that voice and trusting it. ~Pat
3-5: Michael and Kim
5-7: Lisa and Johanna