HELP IS NEEDED TO COVERING THE FOLLOWING VIGIL SHIFTS:
Sunday, Oct. 4th 7-11; Monday, Oct. 5th 10-11
IF YOU CAN COME DOWN, PLEASE EMAIL NIKKI, OR COME DOWN EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP! PLEASE DON’T LEAVE OUR SHIFT MANAGER THERE ALONE! THANK YOU!
On days like today, it’s easy to feel “down” or “blue.” When the sun is hidden by clouds and we know that rain will come, we can get depressed. Often, our mood is determined by things completely outside of our control, like weather, global/political problems, and even family problems that we can’t solve. However, God works in these days, too. It doesn’t have to be warm and sunny, and we don’t have to feel positive or upbeat for God to work. In fact, it is on days like this that we remember what an amazing God we serve, because He cares for us and loves us and interacts with us, even when we least expect it.
Today was another day that We all had the opportunity to let God shine in our lives. As we reflect on our own days and see how the “Sonshine” came into our lives, let’s look at how God worked through 40 Days for Life:
Sally writes about the 9-11am shift:
This morning was a preview of weather to come. Coats, hats & even
gloves were necessary for the first 3 hours of this shift. Denise,
Sharon & Diane from St. John Neumann parish prayed four rosaries to end
Denise told us that over 30 years ago her daughter, born with problems
that needed to be corrected by serious surgery shortly after birth,
had a dream when she was 4 years old. In the dream she saw herself in
a hospital bed, as an infant, with tubes coming out of her head and
her arms tied to the bed sides. She saw this while being held above
the bed “in the arms of Jesus”, who then told her that He was “sending
her back to her mother now”. Denise knew that the dream had
accurately showed her daughter as she had been after the surgery.
Beatrice Chen and students were the abortionists of the day. As of 11
a.m. their business had been slow.
Nothing noteworthy happened, except that a man came by toward the end
of my shift and handed me five 9″ x 11″ beautiful color copies of
Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. The wording is: ‘THE FIRST PERSON TO
RECOGNIZE JESUS WAS AN UNBORN CHILD. LUKE 1:41” I took one copy home
to see if it would fit into a ziplock freezer bag, and it does.
The other 4 copies are under the sign-up sheet. They can easily be
rain proofed by putting them in ziplock bags. I did thank the man, but
he just walked away before I could ask him his name.
Regina writes from the 11-1am shift:
A powerful group of Prayer warriors from Holy Sepulcher Parish were joined by a dedicated group of Sidewalk Advocates at Planned Parenthood today. Prayers accompanied by offers to help women entering PP were the steady pattern from 11 until 1:00 when the badge went to Marie and a fresh group of reinforcements from H.S. Parish.
One young woman expressed excitement as she spied Genesis listed on the resource sheet I handed her. She went on to share that she had been searching for this listing for her pregnant friend. She was more than happy to learn of other resources available to her friend, and explained that she was not even aware of the fact that abortions were done in the building behind her. Thanks be to God for His ‘Divine appointments!’ Jesus is the best ‘Master scheduler’!
With love and hope,
Barbara managed the vigil from 3-5pm and took this photo of the great group from SS. Peter and Paul in Beaver:
Pat writes from the 5-7pm shift:
Tonight, at least when compared to last week’s Fall Crawl, was a relatively quiet night. Still, there was a young woman, who was later joined by another young woman, who seemed intent on arguing with Bill Harrison and me. But because logic was getting me nowhere, and I could feel my own temperature rise, I finally had to just back away, be completely silent, and pray.
Lisa and her friend Teddi were there for the first hour and were great company. We talked and we prayed. Around 5:30 or so, cousins Jim, Art, and Ron came and stayed until the end. It was great having the chance to talk to Jim for a little bit and to get to know a little bit of his story. You just can’t get too much of hearing about the miracles God works in people’s lives.
Towards the end of the night, a young woman and man walked by and then came back. Jim had specifically requested when they arrived to wear a sign about women regretting their abortion. When the young woman and young man came back I could hear her say that the sign he was wearing made her sad. The three of them then went to the other side of the street to talk. The conversation lasted a good 10 minutes or so and from the little I could overhear, it was clear that they were listening to Jim as he spoke to them about Christ. It also seemed clear that she was post-abortive. As their conversation was breaking up, I handed the woman a Rachel’s Vineyard pamphlet. Her name is “D”. Please pray for her.