We are just 5 weeks away from the start of our fall 40 Days for Life campaign here in Pittsburgh! Have you committed to help us fill our 40 day vigil in front of Planned Parenthood from September 23rd – November 1st? If so, thank you! If not…please go to https://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/church-vigil-schedule/ to see which time slots are already taken and which ones we need help filling. Then, just reply to this email to tell me where you can help. So far, we have 42 of the 120 4-hour slots filled. I have complete confidence in our wonderful 40 Days for Life family that we will fill this vigil! It is always so inspiring to me to see the way so many people from so many church families pull together to help us to cover the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in prayerful, peaceful witness for 40 straight days! Please let me hear from you soon.
I wrote to you last week about my reaction to the undercover video that I watched last Sunday…and about how I cried in repentance upon seeing the tray of bloody body parts that the Planned Parenthood employee was callously picking over with tongs, as if those precious babies were pieces of meat at a grocery store. That image is still haunting me…and I wonder why? WHY is it so upsetting to see the actual flesh and blood of these victims? Why are these images so powerful, emotionally? Think about it…would it be any less terrible if these babies had been killed “humanely” (maybe with anesthesia) and not dismembered? What if their little bodies were perfectly preserved and intact, and were given a proper burial instead of being sold or thrown away? Would that make anything better?
No, of course it wouldn’t. Killing a human being is wrong no matter how it is done. So back to my original question. If that is the case, WHY are these images so powerful? I believe the answer is in yesterday’s Gospel reading. In John 6, Jesus spoke of his flesh as being true food and his blood as true drink. He even said that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we have no life in us. He was very clear about this. Most people found this to be too much to accept, and they left. But the actual flesh of Jesus Christ had (and still has) the power to save us. There must be something to this. When I read this yesterday, I couldn’t get the image of those baby parts out of my head. Flesh…it must be important. So God became flesh and willingly suffered in that flesh for us. He became a sin offering so that we could be saved. And in return, we offer ourselves back to him. Now we know that Satan is jealous of God. He wants to be worshipped as God is worshipped. So, if God is receiving a sacrifice of flesh, in atonement for sin…it only follows that Satan will also want to receive an offering of flesh. So where God, in His Goodness, willingly GIVES himself to us…Satan TAKES. He deceives us into offering the flesh of our little ones to him through millions of abortions every year. I only offer this reflection to you as a reminder that the fight against abortion is primarily a spiritual one. And so we fight it with spiritual weapons…prayer and fasting. We pray on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood…alone and in groups. And we fast privately…however we determine that we can. And it makes a difference!
I believe that God is up to BIG things right now! Think about it…Planned Parenthood has often been described as the “Goliath” of the abortion giant. 40 Days for Life was started by DAVID Bereit. These undercover videos that are exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal activity were done by DAVID Daleiden!
So, I want to encourage you to sacrifice and to fast during these 40 days. The fasting calendar is posted at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/876935260027 Our goal is to have at least two people each day fasting during the 40 days…either liquids-only, or bread and water. Thank you for your help. Please pray and fast for David Daleiden as he goes up against Goliath. He needs our prayers.
This Saturday, August 22nd, there is ANOTHER rally! Come to Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Avenue at 10am to participate in the Protest Planned Parenthood Rally! Contact Jeannie French for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have ever considered becoming a sidewalk advocate, Kathy Laslow will be offering a training session on on Sunday, August 30th from 1:15-6:00 p.m. in the office of PCUC, 3050 Pioneer Avenue. She needs rsvps by August 23rd. Cost is $20 and includes viewing of DVD, workbook, discussion, literature, and light refreshments. Contact Kathy at email@example.com if interested.
Finally, PCUC (People Concerned for the Unborn Child) is having their pro-life banquet on Sunday, September 20th. The speaker is Jason Jones, Producer of Bella! PCUC is the sponsor of 40 Days for Life, coordinates the busses to Washington DC for the March for Life and is the bedrock of the pro-life movement in Pittsburgh! Please help support this great organization by going to http://www.pcuc.org/ and ordering your tickets for this exciting event!
Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!
Your sister in Christ,
Nikki Bruni 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh