“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
The Lord can does meet needs of our vigil. As Cathy states in her witness below, He did so today by sending Beverly and Pastor Eric from Fourth Presbyterian and Kathy, who continued the Jericho Walk. Please pray for Him to meet the needs of a young pregnant woman described at the end of Cathy’s witness.
Fourth Presbyterian Church in East Liberty joined the vigil this morning. Beverly was there bright and early and we had some good prayer time together.
Kathy came at 9 to do the Jericho walk and was joined by Pastor Eric of 4th Presbyterian.
Later Kathy struck up a conversation with two young women, one of whom was 4 weeks pregnant, though not headed to PP. She is young (18), single, and has been on the streets since she was 16, having been kicked out by her mother, who seems to have her own issues. The father is, so far, in the picture, and they are both looking for work and housing (which is where she was headed, the housing office). It was thought that she might have a tubal pregnancy, but tests showed otherwise. However, they are keeping close tabs on her. She is worried about the baby, is determined to keep him/her and be a good mom, though facing a lot of obstacles. With the right support that can happen. She seems to be close with her girlfriend, saying she will be the baby’s godmother. We talked for awhile, prayed with her, and gave her the resource sheet, pointing out Women’s Choice Network, Genesis (has a residential program), and I also mentioned Sister’s Place, another residential resource for single parents located in Clairton. It is excellent. Please pray for her, the father and their baby.
St. Joan of Arc was the church that adopted the second shift today. Barbara was the shift manager and wrote the following account:
In Genesis 18: 22-33, Abraham is talking with Yahweh about Sodom.
…Abraham remained standing before Yahweh. Approaching him he said, “Are you really going to destroy the just man with the sinner? Perhaps there are fifty just men in the town. Will you really overwhelm them, will you not spare the place for the fifty just men in it? Do not think of doing such a thing: to kill the just man with the sinner, treating just and sinner alike! Do not think of it! Will the judge of the whole earth not administer justice?”
Yahweh replied, “If at Sodom I find fifty just men in the town, I will spare the whole place because of them.”
Abraham replied, “I am bold indeed to speak like this to my Lord, I who am dust and ashes. But perhaps the fifty just men lack five: will you destroy the whole city for five?”
“No,” he replied, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five just men there. “
Again Abraham said to him, “Perhaps there will be only forty there.”
“I will not do it,” he replied, “for the sake of the forty.”
Abraham said, “I trust my Lord will not be angry, but give me leave to speak: perhaps there will only be thirty there.”
“I will not do it,” he replied, “if I find thirty there.”
He said, “I am bold indeed to speak like this, but perhaps there will be only twenty there.”
“I will not destroy it,” he replied, “for the sake of the twenty.”
He said, “I trust my Lord will not be angry if I speak once more: perhaps there will be only ten.”
“I will not destroy it,” he replied, “for the sake of the ten.”
When he had finished talking to Abraham, Yahweh went away, and Abraham returned home.
The sun finally edged around the corner moments before our early afternoon shift ended. Nonetheless, we were comfortable with only a sweater or a light jacket. Praying with Saint Joan of Arc (Library) parishioners; Nina (parish coordinator), Bill, Mary, Sharon, Tom, Maryann, Jim and Tony, we kept our hearts attentive. Richard and Reverend Bryan joined us.
Melissa stopped to talk with us. She told us about how her life felt a few years ago when she was caught in drugs and roughness. When she became pregnant, she thought about abortion. Happily for her, she chose life. “He is the greatest joy in my life. He lives in upper New York State with his (paternal) grandparents. I am getting my life together. Thank you, for all you people do to help.”
A group of 3 young people passed us a few times. The young woman was loud. There was no doubt that she and the 2 young men were for abortion. Even though they kept coming back shouting naughty taunts, they declined to stop and talk.
As Abraham prayed for the people of Sodom, we pray for people who listen sympathetically as abortion is preached as a solution to an inconvenient pregnancy. The inconvenient truth about an inconvenient pregnancy is that the “inconvenience” is another person. In The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis chronicles the failures of people distancing themselves from inconvenient people. “Love one another,” Jesus said. Again, C. S. Lewis, “Learn to eat the food of heaven, or starve to death eternally.”
Praying for each other in the presence of our sympathetic, loving Father is the time limited gift of our omnipotent God.
The third shift manager, Dee…may have been alone for a couple hours tonight. She had one person signed up for 3pm and one for 6pm. Hopefully she will send in a report to post here.
Dr. Timothy Fahrenholz