Faith, joy, optimism. But not the folly of closing our eyes to reality.
I believe that as we continue to pray and do spiritual battle, we must not become grumpy about the state of our society, but continue in persevering prayer, hope, faith and love. Paul writes in Second Corinthians:
God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4: 6
We must remember that we carry the light of Christ while our eyes are open to the reality that abortion ends a life and hurts mothers very deeply. The light of Christ is the source of our JOY that surpasses all understanding. Our perseverance in prayer is our response to the reality of the lie that abortion is a safe healthcare option for women. The Silent No More witnesses are brave and courageous witnesses to the terrible after effects of abortion. They also remind me of the above scripture.
Now– onto the blog reports:
Also carrying the Light of Christ today were The People of God Community that prayed this morning, The faithful of St. Michael parish in Wheeling, WV that kept vigil this afternoon and the faithful of Holy Trinity Ukranian Catholic Church praying this evening. I am impressed by God’s plan to move in the hearts of so many so that the vigil continues even when Planned Parenthood is closed on a Sunday!
Wow! That is amazing. It is not something to take pride in for ourselves, but it is this:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us…… For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:7, 11
Please read the shift manager reports that we have so far for today:
Jeff’s Report: 7am- 10am
When I pulled up at 7am to start the day, 4 folks from People of God Covenant Community were already there. Just when I think I’m going to be all alone, God did not forget me. Thanks to Pat S. (second from left) for the music and the prayers. His wife and two boys stopped and helped cover the second hour of my shift. We kept re-positioning ourselves to stand in the sunlight as it made its way across the sidewalk, only to disappear again behind the buildings. It may have been the only time I stood a shift first thing Sunday morning. What a great way to start a Sunday before going to church!
Roseann’s Report: 10am-1pm
The Sunday 10 – 1 shift was very prayerful. Almost 3 hours of continuous prayer. We were joined by People of God and St. Michaels, Wheeling. I hope God answers our prayers sooner than later as he changes hearts and minds to respect life enough to shut down the killing machine at 933 Liberty Ave.
Praying with people who have been faithful to praying for the unborn for many years before 40 Days for Life began always encourages me. The ladies of Wheeling, WV told me about the closing of the abortion mill there. And now that Wheeling is free of the oppression of an abortion business, they have moved on to Pittsburgh! We are blessed. I thank Janet, Anita and Kerry for bringing their joy and optimism today and lighting up the cold gray sidewalk with the presence of Christ that they carry. Also thanks to Philene of St. Bernard and Fran of Risen Lord and John of St. Bernard, our little group huddled together in prayer was a witness touched hearts. Here’s some examples:
A woman walking by stopped to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with us. She just joined our semi-circle and started to pray. When we were done with the prayer she told us that when she was 21 years old she was pregnant and scared because she and her first boyfriend didn’t feel ready to have a baby. Thankfully, she says, the doctor she went to said “you don’t want to do this.” and because of that good doctor, her son is now alive and 25 years old! She thanked us for praying and mentioned that she has a business down the street. We encouraged her to come back at the end her work day and join the group again! Anita told her we are here 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm until April 13th. She had no idea we were standing in front of an abortion clinic. She also said that she had heard of the 40 days for Life.
And because it is Sunday– let’s end with a Psalm of praise to God!
Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love endures forever! Let that be the prayer of the Lord’s redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe. Those gathered from east and west, from north and south.