Day 29…Grace Rains Down in Abundance on Liberty Avenue!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true worship. (Romans 12:1)

I think God is pleased with the sacrifices made by our 40 Days for Life vigil participants today…as well as all those who are fasting today.  Although we had cold toes, red noses and frozen fingers…the fire of the Holy Spirit kept us warm as we prayed for changed hearts, minds and saved lives.

This morning Cathy managed the early shift from 7-9am.  She was going to have to stand in the cold rain all alone for two hours, but our wonderful 40 Days for Life family wasn’t about to let that happen!  Four people answered the email “plea” that I sent out last night!  Cathy said she had great company on the sidewalk with Tony from St. Gregory in Zelionople (who brought coffee!), Jeff Burgman, Marilyn and Liz!!!  Thank you all for making a sacrifice on a cold, rainy morning to come and stand with our shift managers!

When I arrived for my 11am-3pm shift, there was only a lone shift manager, Kathy K. holding the vigil.  She said that she had company for the first hour, but was alone for the second. It is inspiring to see the dedication of our vigil shift managers…who commit to keep our vigil un-broken….whether or not anyone else shows up to stand with them.

Kathy wrote:

 God provided two beautiful women, Marilyn and Liz,to pray with Cathy Z and I this cold rainy morning. Weather did not dampen our spirits or God’s Wonderful Grace one bit.

Marilyn and Liz answer the call to stand with our lonely shift managers!

Our little place on the sidewalk was beautified today thanks to Diane Deely…our “sign-lady”.  Diane delivers our sandwich-board signs each day (with help from Jeff)…and this morning she also brought this beautiful flower arrangement:

Soon after arriving I was joined by Marie Milburn, who coordinates her group from Our Lady of Grace in Scott Twp., the church that adopted the 11am-3 shift.  Also joining us was Rev. Bryan Werner.

Amy came from Our Lady of Grace toting along her little son:

Marie is one of those wonderfully organized church coordinators!  She had a great group of prayer warriors and had the entire four hours planned with prayers, litanies and songs!  It was a blessing to join them in prayer for most of the four hour shift!  As we gathered in a circle on the sidewalk, it wasn’t just body heat that we were sharing…it was our warm love of Christ that united us.

Our Lady of Grace ladies are strong praying women!  I didn’t hear any complaints about the cold or the rain or the wind….only the sound of praise and prayer!  Four hours went by quickly and before I knew it my replacement shift manager, Barbara and Richard, had arrived…along with prayer participant Chris Kelley:

Barbara wrote:

This evening rain and cold kept us company at the Vigil.  Umbrellas bumped umbrellas.  Nonetheless, in the chilly wetness, people continued to smile at us and give us a “thumbs up”.  People leaving PP resolutely looked away from us.  Chris, Maggie and Kathy joined us in prayer.   What are we praying for?  Why don’t we just leave these people alone?  They think abortion works.  Can’t that be enough? 

40 Days for Life vigil keepers are adults.  We know that “enough” is something no one on earth ever achieves.  Enough is yet another of the devil’s empty promises. 

If you have a crisis pregnancy or an abortion, doesn’t God punish you?   Isn’t God mad at you?

John 10:10  “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

How do I learn what that means and how to make it happen?

JOHN 14:26-27  “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” 

The Bible shows us stories of Jesus loving people even when they are steeped in sin.  The Bible tells us that when we turn to God, he takes us and guides us in our pursuit of happiness to the fullness of life.

While you are learning to cooperate with God, a lifelong endeavor, volunteers are ready with every kind of assistance for your and your baby’s physical needs through your pregnancy and after.  We don’t mind the cold and wet.  We feel blessed to be a part of God’s answer to people who resolutely stop, think and pray and decide to let their baby live.   We feel blessed to be part of God’s offer of love and life to people who return to Him and repent of their abortion. 

Jim Flaherty, who managed the 5-7pm shift sent in the following:

I took over for Barbara around 5:15.  No other vigil participants were present and there was no church signed up for the time slot.  Fortunately, two men showed up about ten minutes later and two more came shortly before 6.  The five of us stayed until 7 pm.  Thank you,

Four men answer the call to fill empty evening hours tonight!
Shift manager Jim

Thanks to everyone who is taking part in this 40 Days for Life!  Just 11 days left!  Stay strong in the Lord!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

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