I couldn’t help but think of the weather comparison of the second day of the 2013 Lenten Vigil with today. What a difference!
Sue wrote of the first shift:
I covered the first half of the first shift and Marie was kind enough to agree to take 9-11am. Pat delivered the sandwich boards, as well as the bucket of beautiful live flowers! I was joined by Susan D and Mary Pat S shortly thereafter. Mary Pat was becoming a grandma for the second time today! How wonderful a thought to know that even before midday today, this dear lady was TWICE a wonderful witness to Life! We prayed for the clinic workers, according to the 40 Days daily devotional) and had several positive-commenting passersby. Hoped that Shawn Carney might stop by the vigil, but we realized he needs his sleep, with his crazy travel schedule!
We noticed the bar next door to the clinic displaying fanciful outdoor string lights featuring all sorts of rubber ducky designs, surely in celebration of the Big Ducky art display arriving on our three rivers tomorrow. How ironic that such a business celebrates such a baby/childlike concept. I mean, shouldn’t that be us pro-lifers celebrating the ducky?! One gentleman passerby did even bring that up, suggesting that we incorporate the ducky concept into our vigil this fall!
Representatives from Church’s all over came to pray today! From St. Alexis in Wexford, Assumption in Bellevue, St. Bernard’s in Mt. Lebanon, Christ Church Ministries and St. Paul and St. Joseph the Worker in Weirton WV! What a great turnout for the 2nd day of the vigil! Praise the Lord. We had such a beautiful day. The spirit was alive in the darkness of 933 Liberty Avenue! We were blessed to minister to a man who stopped to pray with us. He told us that he had a daughter who against his wishes had an abortion. There are so many hurting souls out there. A young couple coming out of PP was receptive and took a free resources sheet. So many passersby’s affirmed our being there today. What a blessing.
The 1-3 PM shift was peaceful, for the most part. We had the typical few–very few– who had negative comments to say. But there were also a few beautiful and surprising moments. I will mention four of them here:1. A man and his wife stopped by to ask for prayer. We happened to have THREE clergyman there this afternoon!! And two of them were able to pray over this man and his wife. It was a beautiful thing to witness.2. We had two beautiful babies join us- Lauren (3 mos.) and Wyatt (6 mos.). Their presence added an extra blessing to our time at the vigil, just by their being there. Thank you to their parents for bringing them!
3. A woman stopped and talked with me for a short time. In my opinion, her appearance was calling out for attention. And when she got some kindness and conversation from a few of us at the vigil, I believe that she left there with a different frame of mind than when she arrived. She was NOT abortion-minded, but just seemed sad. Perhaps our tiny efforts to show love had a positive effect on her heart.4. A woman stopped by who wants to get involved with 40 Days for Life! She said she’s been wanting to for a long time. She raised her children as a single mom, and is now a grandmother, and cannot imagine her life without her children. She would like to show people that single moms in difficult financial situations can MAKE IT, as she did.I thank God for all these people and situations. May the Lord bless them all.
Dee Gallagher had the 3-5 shift and sent the following pictures:
Our shift was very peaceful. One passerby shouted at us about “freedom of choice”, but just continued walking. Pastor Bryan spent a couple of hours there and engaged a number of passersby, including the movie people. They were unloading and were a bit noisy. Bernie S stopped by for an hour and we prayed the rosary. All in all, everything went well.
Rev. Bryan passed along an interesting point:
I had a revelation today while down here by PP. During the day the PP staff are going in and out of the building. This is an opportunity to pray for those specific people as they pass between our positions on the two sides of their painted circle. Praying for their eyes and minds to be opened.
Normally we do pray for them as a whole, but prayers directed at individuals can be powerful.
Julie had the last shift today:
It was a busy 2 hours! Ironically enough there was a filming crew setting up stuff all around us to film a TV show called “those that kill” In prayer we focused on imploring the Mercy of God. It was a peaceful prayerful evening. Below is a photo of a father/daughter duo.. The Steighners and Peg who graciously stayed till 7 with me.
In Christ, Julie
Jeff wrote in the email today: My mantra for the past few months has been - We are here to serve - a nice comfortable little pontification to use on others. But lately I have been repeating a similar but more personal form of that phrase - I am here to serve! Big difference, and something I am now reminding myself constantly as I get pulled 27 different ways to Sunday (no pun intended). And not just to serve Christ and the church, but to serve others, even our enemies. I must server others! This harder than loving them, cause I can at least love them in my thoughts and be done with it. But people are constantly making demands of me, and I must discern how I am to serve them. Through prayer and faith, I hope that I am serving them well.
And not just to serve Christ and the church, but to serve others, even our enemies. I must server others! This harder than loving them, cause I can at least love them in my thoughts and be done with it. But people are constantly making demands of me, and I must discern how I am to serve them. Through prayer and faith, I hope that I am serving them well.