Dear 40 Days for Lifers,
We are halfway there already! What an awesome 20 days it has been! 38 church groups have participated in the vigil so far…and we have 37 more that are scheduled to take part in these next 20 days! I have gotten to meet the most wonderful people in Pittsburgh at the vigil! I have had the pleasure to meet so many pastors, priests, and folks that are true Christ followers…who are willing to give up their lives in order to save them. It has been awesome! What a privilege it is to serve our Lord…it is truly humbling that He would use me. Sometimes it pleases Him to choose the foolish to shame the wise.
This morning we had no church coverage until 1pm, when Cornerstone Church will arrive and fill the rest of the day. But, this morning, I was blessed to meet a woman named Sheila, who came and stood with me from 7am till 9am. After that, Theresa and Lori, two beautiful sisters in Christ, came and prayed with me from 9 till 11. Beth also stopped for an hour, and Fr. Jim and Mary Ann showed up, so we had a nice group. While Beth, Theresa, Lori and I were standing in a circle, praying, a woman named Amber stopped and asked us a question. She wanted to know what we thought about women who throw their babies away in the toilet. I think she thought we were there to judge women who have abortions. She soon began to tell us her story. She had an abortion 10 years ago, for financial reasons…before she had her kids…and has regretted it every day since. She said that not a day goes by that she doesn’t wish she had her child that was aborted. We were able to give her some information to help her find healing, and we prayed with her.
Later, an outspoken African American woman named Pam stopped to talk with us. She was very pro-life, and was talking to us about how Planned Parenthood preys upon young girls when they are the most vulnerable. We had a good time talking with her, smiling at the way she felt no fear about expressing her views so plainly…she just told it how she sees it…and doesn’t care who know it.
Anyway, all this to say that one of the blessings of participating in this vigil is that we get to share in Christian fellowship with people that are different from us. I get to pray with Catholics, and Catholics get to pray with Protestants. We get to pray with hurting folks and people from different backgrounds, cultures and races. Wouldn’t this world be boring if we were all the same? Let’s rejoice in our differences, smile about them sometimes…and accept each other. Theresa and Lori were going to refrain from praying their Catholic prayers because they didn’t want to offend me. I want everyone to feel free to pray the way they feel comfortable, but they were a great example of how we can all do this together…by respecting our differences, and deferring to others…putting others comfort before theirs…they showed me how we should treat each other.
Here is a photo of us this morning.
Later, Fr. Jim, Rose and Mary Ann showed up:
Have a blessed day, and I hope to see you tomorrow for the mid-point gathering!