Hi 40 Days for Life family! I am so glad to be back! I had a wonderful visit with my daughter, her husband and my brand new grandson Kyden! Here is a photo:
I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for all of you for continuing the witness at Planned Parenthood…and to all the Shift Managers and Melissa and Lisa for pulling my weight while I was gone. God has blessed us with such dedicated and selfless people on our 40 Days for Life team…I am so thankful!
This morning was a lonely time at the vigil, but it was also nice to have some time to reflect and pray on my own. One young man gave me a high-five, another shook my hand and thanked me for being there. One woman looked at me and said, “Still fightin’ the battle, huh?” I wanted to say, “Are they still killing babies inside this building? If so, then…yes. We are still fightin’ the battle.” But, she was gone before I could reply.
As I was alone for the first 3 hours of my shift, I had the chance to ponder about the numbers…the abortion statistics from the clinic at which I stood. In 2010 they terminated the lives of 2,364 small humans (2,286 in their first trimester and 78 in their second). The following thought occurred to me; Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have as many witnesses at our vigil as there were babies killed? If we had 2,286 Christians praying and witnessing at Planned Parenthood, think how many more babies would be saved! Now, I am not complaining. I am thrilled that we had over 700 participants at our vigil in the spring, and we will likely have another 700 participants this fall. So 1,400 people came to witness to the injustice of abortion this year at our vigil. However, it is a sad fact that more people come to 933 Liberty Avenue to have their children killed, than come to witness to the injustice of abortion.
Now, we know that our prayers, fasting and witness make a difference. Just ask the folks from First Evangelical Free Church and St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. As those two churches stood in front of Planned Parenthood, held signs and prayed on October 11th…a young woman’s conscience was stirred…and a baby that was scheduled to die that morning…(and would right now be a statistic for the fourth quarter of 2011)…is still alive in his mother’s womb. Our witness makes a difference! As Lindsay, our Shift Manager yesterday afternoon reported that a young man stopped to thank her for being there. He showed her a photo of his baby boy and told her that when he and his fiance’ showed up at the clinic two years ago…to have their son aborted, there were pro-lifers holding a prayer vigil, and they changed their minds. According to Lindsay, he was so full of pride and love for his young son, and expressed his thanks to them for “doing what they are doing”. So, it is important that we continue fighting the battle. We are making a difference! To read Lindsay’s complete story from yesterday, check the blog posting for day 26.
I am so grateful to Cecelia, Joyce and Provie from St. Joseph’s Parish in Cabot for taking a three hour block of time today. They arrived an hour before my shift was over. Here’s some photos of them:
We have lots of open slots this week at the vigil! I hope you can sign up for an hour or two. To see what hours need filled, go to www.40daysforlife.com/pittsburgh, click on the vigil schedule link and look for the red bars. Or call me or Melissa and we will put you on the schedule. 412-926-9413 or 724-355-4216.
Thanks for fightin’ the battle with me!