“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
This morning, Joe and Lisa Gallo and Dan Stover from the Life Runners displayed an inspiring witness. Read about it below.
At about 7:00 a.m., Joe and Lisa Gallo from the Life Runners organization arrived at the vigil location and displayed a strong, prayerful presence despite the cold morning weather.
Later on in the shift, at about 9:00 a.m., Dan Stover, also from Life Runners, arrived and joined us in prayer. Bill also stopped by briefly and gave us some encouraging words. A woman passed by and asked us what we were doing. We told her about our campaign, and she was surprised to find out that abortions were done in the building we were standing next to. She also said that adoption was the better option, to which we agreed. Aside from that, generally speaking, it was a peaceful, prayerful morning.
Thanks be to God…I have been blessed to see the pure of heart this morning at the vigil! Let me tell you about it.
Standing on an empty, cold and windy city sidewalk in front of a closed abortion clinic is not something that arrogant people do. It’s ironic that the bookstore owner (next door to Planned Parenthhood) puts up a sign quoting Jesus as saying “Don’t be like the hypocrites, who stand on the street corners and pray.” He thinks we do this to be seen by men…but nothing could be further from the truth.
During the 11am-3pm shift today, faithful members of St. Bernard in Mt. Lebanon came to stand witness for hour long shifts…we shivered as we prayed…but very few people passed by to notice.
One family had their five children with them, aged infant to 8 years. The children took turns getting warm in their vehicle in between prayers. Here is a photo of their precious baby:
Others came from Yeshua Ben Congregation in Squirrel Hill:
Such Godly people. Such humble people. A Sunday afternoon in the bitter cold, on an empty sidewalk in front of a closed abortion clinic.
Why would they do this? There is no glory in it for them. No one even noticed. So many other things they could have done instead…indoors…where it’s warm.
They did it because they are pure of heart. They love what God loves, and their hearts break for what breaks God’s heart. To put it simply…they love God.
Sometimes when I sacrifice, I wonder if my motives are really pure. When I tithe, I wonder if I am doing it partially because I expect God to bless me financially? When I pray, I know I will be strengthened spiritually. When I do charitable deeds, is there a danger in knowing that someone will see me and recognize me for it? I am the one who benefits in the end…so how can I be sure that my motives are really pure? That is why I was so humbled and inspired by these individuals today. There is no glory to praying in front of a closed abortion clinic on an cold Sunday afternoon…no recognition….no financial blessing. Only a pure offering to God. HE is the ONE who sees us, and I believe that He is pleased.
For the third shift, the Shantz’s gave the following uplifting report about newcomers:
Great four hours of praying today on our 3rd shift! At one time we had 10 people praying with several first timers. People are looking at the schedule to see if any one is signed up but some said they had a hard time signing up of some reason. However, people are checking the schedule and concerned that they don’t want the vigil to breakdown.
We will investigate why some people are having a hard time signing up. It is fantastic that we have so many people committed to keeping the vigil going. Keep up the great work, everyone!