Preach the message; be persistent in doing so, whether in season or out of season; convince, reprove, and encourage, but with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
Come Monday morning, our 40 Days for Life ministry in Pittsburgh will be “out of season.” And believe me, I’m looking forward to the break. No more Friday evenings out in the cold and the noise, no more Saturdays spent on the computer working on the blog. Ahhh. Man, I need a break. I’ll bet you do too. And you know what, I think God really wants us to have a break, a time of rest from this high-intensity work of ours.
But at the same time……we can’t ignore the fact that PP has no off-season. So, what are we supposed to do?
Let me suggest that the only wrong answer to that question is: “Nothing.”
I’m convinced that each of us should really set aside at least 5 minutes at some point on Monday (“Day 41”) to offer a very short prayer to God – and to listen for His response. The kind of prayer I’m talking about should sound something like this: “Lord, what you want me to do now? Please show me.”
Now, if you’re willing to trust Him enough to even ask this question (no small thing, I’ll admit), you know well that there may be no immediate answer. But if it’s a question that you keep on your heart, an answer will eventually come. And those answers will vary greatly because there so many different ways we can serve the Lord in service to “the Gospel of Life.”
On a personal note, I don’t think I formally asked myself that question at the close of the last campaign. Yet I do remember feeling, shortly after it ended, that simply waiting around for the next campaign to begin just wasn’t sitting well with me. So when I learned that Sidewalk Advocates for Life, an organization which actually sprang from 40 Days for Life, found someone willing to lead a Sidewalk Advocates group here in Pittsburgh (our very own Kathy Laslow!), it hit me that maybe this was what that nagging feeling was preparing me for. Fear, of course, showed-up shortly thereafter in an attempt talk me out of it. But I figured that simply signing-up for the 4-hour training course wasn’t like I was making a formal commitment or anything, so why not?
Well, I did take the course (which is done via DVD very put together), along with about 10 others, and concluded by the end of it that God was, in fact, calling me to give this a try. I’m still taking baby steps and making mistakes, and some fear remains. But there is a peace in knowing that you are where you are supposed to be.
So I’ll emphasize again that everyone’s call will be unique. But if in the next few days you sense that being a sidewalk advocate might be a direction God is calling you to explore, please take a few minutes to watch the short (less than 7 min.) video on the SAFL website entitled “WHO WE ARE.” [And when you do, have a tissue handy.]
If after watching it and exploring their website you think that taking this training course is a logical next step, send an email to Kathy Laslow at email@example.com. She’d be glad to answer any and all of your questions.
And now, on to the reports from the sidewalk.
Day 39 Saturday 7 – 9 AM
We were blessed Saturday morning as the day started with the rain stopping and a visit from the Choices Mobile Sonogram team of Sue, Betsy and Jill. The Choices team welcomed all to tour the mobile sonogram to see and understand what they do and how they do. The Holy Wisdom team lead by Barbara and her husband arrived at “7 on the nose, assuming 7 has a nose” said Barbara. Holy Wisdom had a strong presence including a family with four young courageous children. How uplifting to see young people at the vigil.We had the strong presence of the early morning sidewalk counselors Meredith, Virginia and David as well as two more who came later at 9. Regular Saturday prayer warriors Bill from St Ferdinand’s, John M., Bill H., Jimmy, Deacon Myron from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie along with newcomer Monty witnessed to life.Fr Tim again made the long drive with his faithful flock and filled the air with heartfelt prayers.Many out-of-towners supporting the Duke Football team (vs Pitt at noon) passed by and looked on to see our witness. I am sure we made an impression.The year-round Saturday prayer warriors were saddened to see the last Saturday within 40 Days come along as the added presence of so many encouraging vigil participants will be missed. They wanted to let everyone know that there is a faithful group at planned parenthood every Saturday morning year-round from 7 till 10 or 11 AM and all are welcome to come back and join us when the Holy Spirit touches your heart.PeaceTim B.
And here’s Barbara’s report:
Our greatest talent and treasure is our ability to love….
It belongs to the very nature of love to flow outward, to gravitate like water to those empty, low, dry places.
…the divine nature abhors the void of love and runs to remedy it….
To be “in heaven,” means rather to reside in the fullness of love and to be always engaged in bestowing the benefits of love on others – to pour out one’s being into the void in others as if one were sunlight and rain.
“The Meaning of the Parable of the Talents.” Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis. Magnificat November 2014
Pittsburgh presented us with chilly cloudy weather, but Holy Wisdom parishioners presented downtown Pittsburgh in front of Planned Parenthood with the gift of their presence, their smiles, their prayers and their offer of alternatives to abortion. Those who could come downtown were Mary Jane, Kent and Margaret and their children, the Nypaver family, John, Liz, Bernadette and her children, Al and Sally, Clare, Kevin, Janet, Andy, and Kathy with her husband and daughter.
Barbara Lewis, Shift Manager
Shift manager Maggie wrote:
It was an intense 2 hours. A young boy named Josh stopped and talked to Mary Jane, and I and although I think he was a little inebriated, he was crying about the regret he felt having an abortion. He didn’t believe god could forgive him and he said it was the worst decision he and his girlfriend ever made. He said things have never been the same. He also said that the abortionist didnt know what she was doing and that his girlfriend bled and passed tissue for awhile. She is afraid she will never have any more children. When she saw a gynecologist they said there was a lot of scarring. Please pray for Josh and his girlfriend “C” that they will get tne healing they need (it will be 3 years in january). We prayed with him and have him information on silent no more and Rachel’s vineyard. There were 5 beautiful young girls who went in around 12:30 for abortions. A good lucking young couple. A girl alone (while someone waited into their car at the curb), 2 mother daughter groups, and a boyfriend mom and daughter. I prayed so hard hoping someone would change their mind.
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