AND THEN GOD SPOKE TO ME!!!!
I was standing and praying alone outside of planned parenthood. I was feeling a little discouraged and wondering if it made any difference if I was there or not. I didn’t want to be there. I was uncomfortable and again wanted to be “gone”. I was letting the devil inside my head. I was letting discouragement create doubt. My love of the little pleasures and comforts of life were calling me.
AND THEN GOD SPOKE TO ME!!!!!
A Port Authority bus pulled up and stopped directly across the street. From top to bottom, front to back there we pictures of baby faces. Row after row. Up down and sideways. I could only guess the number of babies to be “a gazillion”. I was dumbfounded. I’m sure it was an advertisement for a hospital maternity unit or healthcare insurance, but to me it was God clearly talking to me and telling me this is why I’m here. For them. For HIS innocent children.
And then I chuckled. God spoke to me. He told me it was important that I be there whether I see results or not. I was making a difference.
This pumped me up and taught me to trust in God despite my doubts and to listen to HIM with the ears of my heart.
AND THEN HE SPOKE TO ME AGAIN!!!!
I was now standing alone outside the clinic sometime later. Others had been there but had to leave. I wanted to stay but was hoping someone would join me. Anyone would be good. So I prayed. And then HE spoke to me AGAIN! I looked down Liberty Avenue towards the point, and I thought I saw what looked like a parade coming up the sidewalk. As the group came closer, I saw it was a Eucharistic procession of about 100 people singing, praying and carrying prolife signs. They offered words of encouragement. I chuckled and looked up and all I could think to say after “thank you” was “show off”.
I know now for certain that it is important that I be there and that it makes a difference. And when someone needs to be there with me HE will send them. Maybe it will be you.
It will make a difference that you are there as well. If you’ve already been there, come back. If you haven’t been there you are invited to come join us.
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The 7-9 am shift manager was Johnny, and the faithful folks from Living Hope Church in Whitney PA (way out near Latrobe!) adopted the 7-11 am shift. He writes:
This was the most spring-like day for the 7-9 shift! (3) young fellas from Living Hope Church were right on time for their 7-11 vigil in spite of over an hour travel time (God Bless Them!). Bill came by for his regular 1/2 hour “pep-talk” during the middle of the shift. No PP traffic.
Jeannie managed the vigil from 9-11:30 and wrote:
Enlightening morning at PP—
I was blessed with pilgrims from afar—- Latrobe that is! We were treated to the company of a darling, happy 10 month old, who was wide-eyed at all the city hubub. He reminded us all of why we were there.
At one point, an angry young man stood inside the circle and told us how wrong we were. He referenced “all the good things PP does”,, “Back Alley Abortions”, ‘Welfare moms’, Pregnancy from rape, Catholic Church sex abuse, etc… All the hot button issues! The very loyal Bill H. and I approached Mitch, introduced ourselves, and engaged him in discussion. We slowly and calmly explained our position. We were blessed to have the fetal models on hand to show him just how developed each little abortion victim was….Through the grace of the holy spirit, Mitch left with a very different appreciation of what we were doing. I have a feeling we will see him again.
Later while we were praying, a gentleman in a white PA health department vehicle parked and entered PP. We could only hope he was doing some sort of evaluation. He came out 20 minutes later and stopped and asked us “what Church are you with?” I was ready for a put down, but shared my home parish anyway. He said “Oh, I go to St. Bonaventure; we were down here praying Friday”.. You could’ve knocked Jackie and I over with a feather. We beamed at him and asked him to take the Holy Spirit into the building with him each time he enters. What joy.
Another Mitch stopped by, this one a visiting entertainer from the House & Garden show. Again, we patiently explained our presence, and I felt we led him a little closer to the truth of the life issue.
MOST surprisingly— the weather was a balmy 41 degrees!
Our God is an Awesome God! – In life, and with a full heart, Jeannie
St. Raymond of the Mountain Church adopted the 11-3 shift. Another group that traveled a great distance to stand and pray for the sanctity of life! Shift manager Mark took these photos:
Beth managed the vigil from 1-3 and wrote:
Wonderful weather and a wonderful group of prayer warriors from St. Raymond of the Mountain, Bernard’s and Word of God Church (sorry to those I have forgotten). Anyway, very slow client-wise at PP but very busy prayer-wise. Bill, Francesca, Lisa, Mary Ann and Phileme joined Rose and me and the great group from St. Raymond’s from Donegal for a quick two hours. Lots of positive comments and very few negatives, perhaps the beautiful weather put people in a good mood. Pastor Billy came around two handing out his pro-life tracts and Roselina and Jon were right there when our ride home arrived. It’s a privilege to pray with such pro-life people.
Covenant Community Church adopted the 3-7 shift at the vigil today. Rosalina was the shift manager from 3-5 pm and Joe K. from 5-7pm.
Rosalina took these photos:
Psalm 42:8 – Deep calls to deep in the roar of your torrents, and all your waves and breakers sweep over me.
Finally, a beautiful shift and another opportunity to witness to the beauty of life!
I was blessed to be joined this evening by beautiful waves of faith-filled folks from Covenant Community Church from Wexford – some of whom traveled quite a distance for their shift – Zelienople, Butler, Cranberry.
It started off during the change of shifts where Erin, 7-month Noelle and her mom were finishing up their shift. I was then joined by Jillian and Lindsey for the start of my shift.
A woman stopped by and engaged Jillian and Lindsey in conversation about abortion – she apparently works in the healthcare field and is conflicted about abortion, but Jillian and Lindsey’s conversation / witness ended with all wishing each other a good evening and the young lady drifted down stream.
The next wave from Covenant Community consisted of Tracey, Chris, and Jake. We let the Spirit move us for the majority of our time together in some “uncanned”, but heartfelt prayers for life.
All was extremely quite on The Liberty Ave. Front – no passerby’s, no drive-by’s, and only a single person exiting the doors of PP, the night ended as peacefully and beautifully as it started…
Psalm 107:29 – He hushed the storm to silence, the waves of the sea were stilled.
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