This morning, while still cold by anyone’s definition, felt almost downright tropical compared to most of the vigil so far! The sun even made its appearance for a few moments during my shift as it passed between the buildings, lighting up our vigil and filling our souls with hope. Praise God that spring is finally detectable!!
Heidi had the morning shift and she writes:
Peace be with you! It was a blessed time of prayer and praise on the sidewalk on Liberty Avenue in the early hours of this Sunday morning. As I reported for my 7 to 9am shift together with my husband Scott, we were greeted by three faith-filled prayer warriors from the Word of God prayer group. What a wonderful surprise in the darkness of this cold morning when we had actually sprung forward in time! Pat, Joanne and her husband Milo, were ready to pray and sing with the accompaniment of Pat who had brought his guitar. The peace and joy of the Lord were palpable as we raised our voices in praise, thanksgiving, and intercessory prayer. We were greeted by many passerby with the usual mix of encouragement and disdain. The joy of the Lord is our strength, however, and most certainly the light won over the darkness. In the second hour, we were joined by more members of the People of God prayer group, and Vince from St. Sebastian Parish, who had joined us for both hours, led us in the beautiful prayer of our Blessed Mother, the Rosary. As the birds chirped harkening the hope of spring to come, I couldn’t help but to think of the verse from Psalms 59:16: “But I shall sing of your strength, extol your mercy at dawn, For you are my fortress, my refuge in time of trouble.” All thanks be to God for His infinite love, mercy, and ever-present faithfulness. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve as shift manager. God bless you and all who so generously serve and offer prayers and sacrifice for the success of the intentions of 40 Days for Life!
I (Sue) had the next shift. Thanks to the People of God prayer community for some of the most spirit-filled praying and singing I’ve experienced in a long time! The power of the Holy Spirit was so apparent. As Steve P. was leading us in prayer, a young girl walked through our two sidewalk-lining lines and said loudly “Pro-Abortion!” Not missing a beat, Steve immediately went into a beautiful prayer for her. We also were able to pray for a gentleman who came by and told us how distressed he was when his son’s girlfriend aborted his grandchild without even consulting with his son. What a beautiful gift of a prayer moment it was. The man left with a smile on his face.
Ever-faithful Rich and Roseann had the 11-1 shift. Here’s their report:
We were joined today with the good people from St. Bernard’s Parish (Phil and Cynthia B. and the R. family). Although the R’s have made a personal commitment to pray each Sunday during Lent at the 40 Days vigil, they were unable to fulfill that obligation last week due to the weather and the vigil’s cancellation. However, they were not to be defeated. They decided to hold a vigil at home in which the children made their own signs and we were privileged to see those signs today. We prayed and had a peaceful witness.
Marshall managed the 1-3, He wrote:
A gentleman from a Baptist church came during my time today. There was a witness going on with a twenty something year old man whom was asking questions about abortion and the faith in general. The gentlemen from the Baptist church did not stay long after that young man left. It was curious because he wrote on the sheet that he was from Elmira OH. I suppose he could have been making a short visit.
Sue was a vigil participant from St. Bernard parish and wrote:
I took a candid of Pat and the kids while we were at vigil today. I think the time change has produced some grumpy R. children. As always, it was a blessing to witness. I stayed on after Pat took the kids home and was very impressed with Marshall the shift manager. He gently answered many questions from a young man who stopped to debate. Marshall was very patient and definitely welcoming of the opportunity to witness. It was wonderful to watch.
Marshall took these photos: