“As a drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do. Rain was important to keep their crops healthy and sustain the way of life of the townspeople. As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to ask for rain. Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting he noticed most people were chatting across the aisles and socializing with friends. When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and starting the meeting. His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The little girl’s beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella. All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer …. “ Spiritual short stories
Jesus taught through stories. The links below are stories of great expectations. Seeds need to be planted, watered, and cared for. Seeds are alive- as flowers, trees or carrots.
Babies starting out as the seed of the man uniting with the woman. Each life can make a difference.
Each life needs to be cared for from conception! Jesus is the Master Gardener and will be there to help with the gardening.
Two movies (links )which tell of great expectations in life are: Henry Poole is Here-( Henry had given up hope.) and God’s Not Dead (Sometimes you just have to text the message!) Remember, woman often choose abortion out of fear, not because they do not want the baby in the womb. Sharing love stories, stories of faith, hope and charity comes in many ways. Jesus told parables because the people just didn’t get it any other way.
Shout if from the rooftops- God is Not Dead! We can expect great things through him: :Newsboys- God is Not Dead!
College students are especially vulnerable to the deception that life in the womb is not a human life and that God is the enemy.
“God is always faithful and nothing formed against him shall stand.”
Plant and water the seeds of life. Gardening is good for the soul.
(Wise words spoken to me by a woman named Mary.)
Psalm 126: 4-6 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Neg’eb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying the seeds to be sown, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
Romans 8: 22-26 We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.
Thanks to Dave M. who encourages and prays through sharing his thoughts and prayers in the comment sections of the blog! God bless!
Reports from the street today:
Sally and Al take the early shifts: 7-11: (Long term advocates for children. Sally and Al have 11 children.)
Psalm 127: 3- Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate.”
PP was very busy this morning, in spite of having done a few abortions on Monday. Six people from St. Peter’s in Steubenville were with us until 10 am, and seven people, including their priest arrived at 10a.m. all the way from St. Mary’s, PA in Elk County. Both groups faithfully show up every time we have another 40 Days for Life campaign and we look forward to seeing them again.
If only priests and bishops would realize how much it means to people to see a priest at an abortion facility! Fr. Alfred, his collar clearly visible, was passing out flyers and I noticed one man blessing himself as he said, “Good Morning, Father”. Father gave a flyer to one of three girls exiting PP and the one said, “Thank you and God bless you” to him.
One man from Elizabeth, PA, who was just passing by, stopped to talk with Father and me about abortion. He was very polite and seemed to have had his questions answered to his satisfaction. He took literature to distribute in his town and insisted on signing our sheet.
I saw an ambulance, sirens blaring, turn from Liberty. I thought that perhaps it was going through the alley to pick up an abortion casualty. Beth went to check & said it had stopped, with a firetruck, at one of the charter schools on Penn Avenue. Please pray for whoever needed their services.
The couple from Nepal, who Beth had taken to Catholic Charities a week ago, came back to PP this morning. It seems that, since they are not citizens & do not speak or understand English; Catholic Charities could not help them. They would need special paperwork & PP to confirm their pregnancy. They did come out after a short time, and Beth said they seemed very happy. We are guessing that she is happily pregnant. Please keep them in your prayers.
A young man came by and told Beth that he had just lost his job and needed another one. She sent him to Catholic Charities. He returned later to thank her. He had a lot of paperwork from them, and a promise that someone was going to take him for a job interview.
All in all, an interesting morning.
11- 1: Cil
I was honored to have my good friend, Joyce, with me today. When we arrived, familiar faces from Elk Co. Right to Life were there already at “work” praying. Most passersby were positive. One did tell Fr Alfred to “get a job”. His reply is that we are doing the “Lord’s work”.
We had many people stop to talk with us. A few were surprised/did not know that abortion was legal! That just goes to show how important the “community outreach” component is to our vigil. One blessed encounter we had was with a beautiful woman…she was a “refugee” from the Middle East and was in Pittsburgh taking classes to learn how to speak English. She was so impressed with what we were doing and thanked us. A gentleman offered his computer/web/artistic talents towards the “cause”. Not sure if he was seeking to be paid but I did give him a flyer and suggest he contact Nikki with his ideas.
As we were talking with another man about abortion and his desire to return to church, a jobless man stopped by asking if we had gift cards for him to go buy a sandwich. I wasn’t sure but I know that he was sent from God because I wanted to follow up with manager, Ryan, at Bruegger’s to see if they were willing to take part in a “pay it forward” program inspired by this video: Pay it forward video.
So I asked if he would go over there with me to get something to eat. Not surprisingly, Bruegger’s headquarters did not think it would be a good idea to get into that. (I want to check with the pizza shop next). But I was so glad to still be able to “pay it forward” with the gentleman God sent me. Upon my return home, I found that it was around that time, 12:30, that my dear Aunt Reatta passed away. Her great faith and love for others were such an inspiration to me!
When we got back to PP, I was overwhelmed with grief at the site of the hazardous waste truck. It hit me especially hard today. SM Pat and Dean arrive just in time to support us and share in the grief of it all. Why can’t ALL people see that:
BABIES are NOT = Hazardous Waste, just a “clump of cells” or “blood”. They are precious children of God. These dear ones who lost their lives today will, no doubt, be welcomed with a “cutout cookie” for each of them by my dear Aunt Reatta in heaven. …through the mercy of God, RIP…. Cil
When I arrived, Cecilia and some of the women were in tears. I soon saw why. Not to be melodramatic but, I think when abortion is finally defeated that this picture and others like it capture this period in history the same as pictures from Auschwitz and the Holocaust documented a similar period in history. The volume of traffic going in and out of P.P. was higher than any of the other shifts that I’ve manned this campaign. The Stericycle truck was there when I arrived. Seeing it reminds me of seeing an ambulance or emergency vehicle at an accident scene where there’s been a fatality and feeling powerless to effect the outcome. I pray for God to change things and I know that He will in His own time.
Praying with me today were folks from St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Bernards. Thanks to all of you and don’t give up hope.
3- 5: Sheila
There was a lot of traffic in and out of the clinic today. Francis said something profound as he left the vigil…”the hatred of truth is palpable here. “
I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE HAD A SAVE. Just before I was ready to leave the clinic, two young girls came up to me looking for information. the one was pregnant, perhaps 5 weeks. I directed them to the pregnancy center in Oakland and let Jen know that they were on the way. Let’s pray that they found their way there and choose life.
5- 7: Lisa’s report:
There was nothing remarkable that occurred on this shift – other than the remarkable company for me in the form of Joe K. and Mike K. from Corpus Christi Catholic Church, McKeesport, PA. They were there with Sheila for her last hour and then with me “till the end”. Toward the end of the shift we were joined by Mary Jane from St. Pius X. We all enjoyed the wonderful collection of prayers that we found in the “Big Box”. Many passerbys and PP employees received smiles and good wishes from all of us there this evening.
A report from Monday, March 23 which is worth repeating: (also posted in Day 34– link)
Larry and Stephanie, join us for the first time. Bill, Tucker, Tilly, Kathy and myself were there as well. I am so proud of everyone who prayed nonstop the first two hours as they were very cold and it went slow, but the second two were much warmer, the sun came out and it seemed to go quickly. The day turned out to be an abortion day, which is unusual for a Monday. I believe I saw God perform a miracle in that he would not allow a door to open for a young girl….that same door that had opened fine for everyone else?! After the girl tried three times to open the door, I was able to speak with her and we prayed for her. She looked so much like my 23yr old daughter and I told her so. She was clearly upset,teary eyed, and asked that we pray for her. A PP worker ended up opening the door from the inside and told her to come in, the door was not locked and they were open. While she was in there we prayed for her and she came out two minutes later and left without speaking to us. I continue to recall her face and pray that God supports and blesses her. I’m so glad that we were there for her and were able to pray for her during her time of need.God bless everyone for there commitment to 40 Days for Life,Kim S. (Kim is the coordinator for St. Ann in Waynesburg, Pa)
Thank you to all contributors, witnesses, those who reached out, cried, assisted, substituted or gave support from a distance. Many blessings! Jesus only had a few followers in the end, but 2000 years later, people know who they are. Be someone’s best friend, water the seeds of life which have been planted during this 40 Days for Life campaign. Someone, one day, may be that person to tap you on the shoulder in heaven!