In praying Morning Prayer today, I was struck by this line: “Master our rebellious hearts, and teach us generosity.” We probably ALL can relate to this… since we ALL have rebellious hearts at times. But when we allow the Lord to use us for HIS work, we can be taught that great gift, that virtue, of generosity.
The good people who come and pray at this vigil each day are some of those who are continually in that school of learning generosity. I know that because I SEE it, every day. Just being there in the first place is inherently a generous giving of self. And to all of you who have so faithfully prayed and fasted for an end to abortion for these 38 days so far, we THANK YOU. The Lord will bless you for your generous hearts.
We got this report from morning Shift Manager Sally:
This was one of the coldest mornings we have seen, with much wind driving the temperature down. It was Aquinas Academy’s morning, and we had a really good turnout of young people and a teacher. Also, Edith, Justine, and 7 month old William came, from St. George Orthodox Church. He was the sweetest baby. He never cried the entire morning. A few other churches were also represented.
Nothing important happened on this shift. Single girls and couples went in, but PP was not as busy as they have been on past Fridays. A good number of people “God blessed” us, and the one small group of daycare children that ventured out not only waved but wanted to take our gloved hands. They are always a bright spot in our morning.
It sounds like Shift Manager Ginny had a great shift. She shares her thoughts and photos here:
We had wonderful prayer warriors there today from Our Lady of Grace (Scott Township), and from Holy Sepulcher, St. Bernadette, St. Regis, St. Boniface, and the always-faithful from Christ Church Ministries. What an inspiration they all were. I feel so blessed to stand with such holy people.-Ginny
Shift Manager Pat had a shift of both good and sad experiences:
During my shift (3-5) I was blessed to be accompanied by three members of my parish, St. Regis in Trafford: Gene, Louise, and Nancy. It was great to be able to stand and pray – to the degree I was able – with them. Thank you for coming. Thank you also to Courtney who stopped by for a considerable time and prayed with us. Please pray for her. She’s a high school math teacher in search of a good job of any kind. Charles from Monroeville and Living Word Church stood witness, as did regulars William and Rev. Bryan.As I was leaving and Nikki was taking over, an ambulance pulled up in front of PP and a stretcher was taken in.
When I first arrived for my last shift of the 40 days (from 5-7pm), I was happy to see my friend Charles from Living Word Church! As we were greeting each other, I was getting ready to take a picture of him when an ambulance pulled up to Planned Parenthood with the lights flashing. (I forgot to take the picture that I wanted of Charles!). Instead, I took this photo and video of the paramedics carrying in the stretcher:
Watch the short (17 sec.) video of the paramedics carrying in the stretcher at http://youtu.be/JTySofjH_78
I also took a short video of them carrying a woman (covered in a sheet) out of the clinic and putting her into an ambulance, but I am not sure about the ethics of posting it, so I am holding off right now. The woman was sitting upright under the sheet, so I am sure she is okay…but the paramedics yelled at me to put my camera down, and told me it was illegal to film her (which I doubt), but I don’t think the video needs to be posted anyway.
So, Charles, Pastor Bryan and I prayed for her…for her body and her soul…and for the baby.
Like the time a few weeks ago when the medical waste truck pulled up…it really reminds us of how truly evil abortion is. It not only is killing a baby, but is wounding women. In case you missed it, here is the photo of the medical waste truck, with the driver loading the “boxes of babies” into the back:
All I can say during times like this (As Dee put it in her blog story yesterday)….thank God for GOD! Thank God that HE is in charge! He will take care of everything…all He asks of us is to be obedient.
Lisa and her beautiful family showed up shortly after the ambulance left. We prayed in a circle for the rest of the time until the vigil closed.
I am praying for a baby to be saved tomorrow!
God bless you!
We all have so much to learn, don’t we? Let us not be stingy in giving our love. May the Lord teach us the art of loving, praying, and serving GENEROUSLY. This is how our culture of death will be changed.