Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
This psalm speaks of not listening to the counsel of the wicked. How many of our women approach Planned Parenthood willing to listen to immoral counsel? The answer is, MANY. Reminds me of another woman I know of:
But what does our God say? We are to listen to HIM, and delight in His Law. If we do, we will be like a tree planted by water, that always has what it needs to thrive. Just think about the differences between the LIVING wood of these vibrant trees…
And wood that is DEAD, dry and lifeless, because it has NO water.
Let us be the presence of God to our city’s women and men in need. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will POUR on them and revitalize them with His own life!!
It is in this new life that they will find freedom and joy. Let us pray for this for them!!!!
An important announcement from our Sidewalk Advocates for Life:
Helen Cindrich asked me to contact you about advertising the next Sidewalk Advocate training which will be held Sunday, November 8th at PCUC from 1:15-6:00 p.m. The training includes viewing of the DVD, workbook, discussion, literature to distribute, light refreshment, and Sidewalk Advocate legal protection. Cost is $20.00 and goes directly to PCUC. The training is similar to the 40 Days approach–peaceful, prayerful, and law-abiding and aims to equip the Sidewalk Advocate with dialogue helps to approach the abortion-bound woman and man and offer help from local pregnancy resources in hope to turn them away from entering the abortion clinic. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Shift Manager Reports:
I want to say a little about the people from Living Word Church. They could only stay an hour, but that hour was special, and I felt that the Lord had sent me a special gift. I have always felt that the vigil needed more African-American presence. Nikki and I have talked about it. So when Charles, Brenda, and Renee showed up, I saw how we all connect differently to people…yet the same. Brenda was motherly, and all the kids and Moms connected with her. Renee and Charles were warm and gave a feeling of peace. Before they left, we prayed. They prayed for Nikki to be strong and for the Lord to bless her. I do not mean to say that African-American witness is better than Caucasian. All peaceful witness is perfect. But we do know there are more African- Americans going to PP, and I have to think that seeing an African-American face on the sidewalk sends a message to those entering. So…thank you to Charles, Brenda, and Renee for being there and to Nikki for inspiring them!
We had quite an interesting day today. First, we blessed the sidewalk with holy water. Then we had an incident where a lady on a bike deliberately plowed into the stand of brochures and knocked them all over. One of the members from our group started talking to her, and she got very angry and took off, so we said some prayers for her. We had another incident where a lady was due to have her baby in a couple weeks, and so we prayed over her. It was a beautiful moment.
Next, a small group of us (four of us) went to Pitt to meet up with the Defund Planned Parenthood bus. We were over there for an hour and a half, and we rode on the bus around the campus and prayed with them. There are some very dedicated students with Pitt’s Students for Life.
On this beautiful Thursday, I was blessed to pray with fellow St. Richard’s parishioners as well as folks from several other churches, some of whom are pictured below. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to pray during my shift. Several pedestrians expressed their gratitude for our being there. And, of course, we had those who were not so pleasant in their remarks. But, what was sad to me was the indifference of so many.One of the signs at the vigil reads “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood”. Today we encountered one such individual. A gentleman saw the sign and stopped to share his story. I was able to give him the pamphlet about men and abortion and information from Rachel’s Vineyard. He does have two children, but says he still thinks about that baby and it was evident that he still grieves the decision to abort that was made years ago, unbeknownst to him. Abortion is not the end to a problem. It is the beginning of a lifetime of regret; not only the loss of son or daughter, but sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandchild. So many lives are impacted by a woman’s so-called right to choose.
It was a beautiful, busy day on the street this afternoon. There were a lot of visitors to the city who needed directions to various hotels, and were looking for certain addresses. It’s pretty neat that they felt very comfortable asking us where to go. A nice woman stopped by and I gave her a little fetal model and my friend who complains about the racist baby stopped and we had a lovely conversation. I think having my miniature dachshund, Scooter, there helped to break the ice a little bit, too. In all, I was again blessed to be with wonderful people in prayer on the sidewalk. What’s not to like about the 40 Days for Life family?
The 5-7 PM shift on Thursday was prayerful and peaceful. Thank God for the great weather! I would like to thank Mike (from St. Joseph Church in Verona) and Judy and Chuck (from the Church of the Nazarene) and Mary Jane (from St. Pius Church) for their faithful and prayerful witness. Judy said that her online pro-life app showed that a baby was saved in Pittsburgh today. Praise God! Thanks to Mike for the rosaries he offered today, thanks to Chuck for his spirit-filled wisdom, thanks to Mary Jane for leading us in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, thanks to Judy for her love and compassion to people who passed by. Thanks also to Diane and Tom for faithfully delivering and picking up the signs and equipment. May the love and grace of Christ be poured out into your hearts!God Bless,Rick