As I took a break from my car-prayer-time this morning on the way to the vigil to stop at a convenience store for my morning coffee, I was thinking about the concept of convenience in our modern American lifestyle. The thought was brought on, oddly not by the convenience store itself, but by my reflecting on how so many more folks might come out to pray at the 40 Days vigil if it were just more CONVENIENT. We just have to admit it: we Americans are spoiled. We really do have almost everything we need right at the tip of our fingers – or maybe just a short, predictable, well-known, safe drive down the road. Food, drink, clothing, shelter, heat, air conditioning, church, transportation, medical care, medicine ……… comparatively to just about 100% of people who have existed throughout history, and even most of the people living in the world right now, we have it soooooo eeeeeeeeeasy. Of course, all of these readily available necessities and gifts are definitely blessings from the Lord for which we are very thankful. But they have their downside, too – we are SO USED to having them all the time, the material fulfillment that comes from them, and not having to work all THAT hard for them, that sometimes we don’t even think about the need to step outside this comfort zone, even to do good things for the Lord and others. I’m guilty of this so very often.
InCONvenience does so often really CON us into not doing so many good things for the Lord, doesn’t it?! Praying downtown at Planned Parenthood, while not a difficult task to actually perform, is most definitely inconvenient. First you have to plan when to go, which means you also have to plan when you’re going to do the things you normally would have been doing during your prayer time at the vigil. Then you have to figure out how you are going to get there, what times the buses come and go if you’re busing it, or where to park if you’re driving. Then you have to pay attention to the weather, and dress accordingly. Finally, you have to pray and mentally prepare yourself for the experience.
We are more than halfway through this Spring 2015 40 Days for Life prayer vigil now. If you haven’t been down yet to pray with us, I invite and challenge you to break out of your comfort zone and join us! YOUR witness is vital and needed! Prayer warriors are welcome all week but specifically needed on Wed. 3/18 for the 3:00pand 4:00p hours, and on Sat. 3/21 for the 7:00a hour. None of us do this for personal blessings to come to ourselves, but I can guarantee you, you will find an unexpected blessing in your prayer time at the vigil. It happens EVERY time! Don’t be CONned by the evil one out of the opportunity to help via your prayers to bring about a Culture of Life in this city – and the blessings that accompany it!
Now for the day. Heidi P. covered the 7:00-9:00a shift. She writes:
It was a blessed and quiet morning praying in front of Planned Parenthood today with faithful prayer warriors from Covenant Community PCA. There was a stillness and a gentle, cold breeze as we offered our prayers of praise, thanksgiving, and supplication for the intentions of 40 Days for Life. All thanks be to God; His mercies truly are new every morning! ~~ Blessings, Heidi
I (Sue M.) covered the 9:00-11:00a shift today, which was graced by the same (and some additional) beautiful godly prayer warriors from Covenant Community. Here they are:
Once again the Holy Spirit brought tears to my eyes through these women as we prayed for two hours straight – and straight from the heart – in what turned out to be a colder-than-we’d-expected morning. Although a quiet morning on the sidewalk, none of the passersby were negative. We didn’t see any employees going in to Planned Parenthood as we sometimes do on a Sunday morning. The upside of quiet times at PP is that we’re able to get a lot of prayer time in, which we certainly did this morning.
Rich and Roseann, as always, covered the 11a-1p shift. They write:
It was a very quiet and peaceful day. All comments made by passersby were positive. We prayed and shared thoughts. The R. family joined us, along with Pat S. from St. Bernadette and Cathy and Pat from United Community Church.
More stories and pictures will be posted as they arrive.
Blessings and peace to all of you!