The faithful from these churches prayed for an end to abortion on the sidewalk in front of PP today, Friday Oct. 7.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14 | NIV
We welcome new babies into the neighborhood this week: Twins and a baby girl were born to members of the 40 Days for Life families! God bless them and their parents as they embark on this wonderful, yet complicated journey of life!!
Before I moved to Pittsburgh, I used the term “see you in the neighborhood”. Now I live in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood and love it.
Mr. Rogers’ ordained ministry happened to be in television. Many adults did not like his show. However, he created the show for children. Taking the expression from a character in a Hallmark movie, Mr. Rogers’ aimed for “Give calm a try”!
I met the actor who portrays Mr. McFeely recently. In character, he signed his photo for me as I asked him to write, “Inclusion begins with the unborn.” Did you know that Mr. Rogers named “Mr. McFeely”, after his own grandfather? Everyone knows that Mr. Rogers’ had a thing for neighbors…pretty much like his role model, Jesus.
I told “Mr. McFeely” that I am involved with a pro-life group. He and I both agreed that Mr. Rogers would want the unborn included as neighbors. Then, under advice from “Mr. Feely”, I took two free books from the nearby table. Let’s Talk About Adoption and Let’s Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends (a story of a boy in a wheelchair.)
Jesus expects us to be good neighbors to everyone, including the unborn.
When the “wiseguy” asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?’ Jesus didn’t answer the way many expected.
The best neighbor in the world was so truthful Himself that He could read the fake neighbors because He could read into someone’s heart. Walking in Truth. Jesus loved them anyway. Remember the neighbors on the crosses next to Him? Jesus spoke the truth even while he was dying. Only one neighbor of the two mentioned in Scripture was promised paradise in those last few moments of earthly life.
Good neighbors are the ones who speak the truth. Good neighbors speak it in kindness, but that does not mean “beating around the bush.” On the sidewalk in front of PP, even without speaking a word, we can witness the love for our unborn neighbors.
We cannot read into someone’s heart but we do have God given intuition, which helps us discern good neighbors from not so good neighbors. Snow White should have discerned a little more carefully when she took the apple from the old woman (like Eve). The enemy is very deceptive and sometimes walks up in sheep’s clothing. Women using abortion facilities for health related reasons are deceived. The fruit abortion facilities offer when they masquerade as health clinics is deadly.
We have to discern on the sidewalk in front of PP all the time. We have to discern when reaching out, who is in real need of the resources we offer. Then, sometimes when we reach out to those who we don’t think need the resources, we find someone who does. Reaching out in love! People reach back!!
Do you think that PP is a good neighbor to the people in the Liberty Avenue neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh?
Are we being good neighbors on the sidewalk in front of PP? Are we speaking the truth to those who stop by? Are we discerning when it comes to recognizing the deceptive neighbors? Deception is not good for the soul. Helping someone deceive others is not good for our own souls.
When we stand in front of PP, we are standing in front of a place that sells, to our neighbors, the greatest deception of our time. We cannot read into the hearts of the people who work at PP or support PP. However, their choice to support abortion can help us discern what is going on inside their minds and hearts. The laughter of the escorts as they lead a young woman through the front door is telling. They may actually believe that their intentions are honorable. Scripture tells us something different:
Proverbs 14:12 There is a pathway that seems right to a man, but in the end it is a road to death. Good intentions can pave a pathway into darkness.
As Christians we have the spiritual gift of discernment, use the gift wisely and often. Jesus and the unborn are counting on you. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14 | NIV
We have shift reports coming in. Some are written by neighbors substituting for their neighbor!!! Check the blog and email blasts for information. Many of you are already on the sidewalk for life. You are not alone with us… but are you alone in your family or friends? Share the knowledge, share the love… share on FB – share the love!!! ( Even if they hate you for it, God loves you. And we are told quite clearly how He feels about those who continue to love violence.
Barbara L. is taking two shifts this year and is trying her hand at blogging. She will be writing the blog tomorrow.
Pat M. substituted today for part of the 9 am – 11 am shift: (other hats this neighbor wears for us is a regular shift manager, blogger and Pat is a year round Sidewalk Advocate for Life.)
He writes:I was only there about 40 minutes as Peg arrived early to relieve me (Thanks Peg!). Sidewalk Advocate Kim was there along with people from both Holy Wisdom parish and St. Bonaventure parish. It made for a nice presence out on the street of close to 10 people.
Peggy E. pitched in as a substitute today. Peggy is a Sidewalk Advocate on Friday mornings and she and her husband, Mike, are very active members of Word of God Parish in Swissvale.
She reports: I had the shift from 9:45 – 11 when Marie took over. We saw 3 or 4 probably abortion minded people going in and probably another 5 probably for birth control. Only one couple came out during that time and they told us to “mind our own business”. We were able to give literature to 2 persons (probably there for contraception) before going in but no conversation. We got a few supportive comments and I didn’t hear any negative ones from passersby. Maybe there were a couple negative comments. One fellow asked me how many children I personally have adopted. Another woman whom I have seen before took my tri-fold and said oh, yes, I needed this and put her gum in it and threw it out. (Editors note: Sometimes people give excellent examples of our reflections.)
Today’s shift was fairly calm. With the uplifting company of Pastor Bryan and prayerful witness of Donna and Laura of SS Simon and Jude in Scott Township, it also went by rather quickly. The strong faith and loving presence of these two lovely new members of our 40 Days Family was uplifting and inspiring! I am so grateful for their company on the sidewalk today! While they each prayed a Rosary on both sides of the sidewalk, I shared resource sheets, while Pastor Bryan engaged several groups of young folks in information sharing chats. The willingness of folks to stop, listen and engage is always encouraging, but both Pastor Bryan and I had the strong sense (at different times from The Holy Spirit) that it was our mere presence that had the greatest impact of all. God bless you all! We are in this together!
3-5 shift went beautifully! When I arrived on the sidewalk I was blessed to see Regina, who was the shift manager before me. She stayed and chatted for a while well into my shift. Watching her interact with passersby was a blessing! She has such a loving personality, she is a natural for the sidewalk! A man was wanting help getting to work and he needed money for a bus, so I gave him the last bus pass out of the bin. He was also hungry so I gave him a subway card. Soon after that another man said he was hungry so Regina gave him a subway card. That was the last one. Soon after this a large group of young girls stopped to look at the fetal model display. They were fascinated by them! They were asking questions, picking up all the models and holding them and asking if we had any they could keep. So, I gave them each a 12 week fetal model to keep from the bin. They were very thankful.
Shortly after this Dave and his wife Sarah Jane arrived from West Hills Baptist church for their 3 to 7 shift. Their pastor, Pastor Larry, has never missed a 40 days for life vigil but is not able to make it this year. During the rest of my shift Greg from Saint Greg’s in Zelienople also came to Pray, and Rick from Church of the Assumption stopped for a bit. Both Dave and Sarah Jane enjoy interacting with passersby, and they even brought their own 40 days for life brochures to pass out on the sidewalk! It was great to be with them!
All in all, people were friendly, many people thanked us for being there. One man stopped and said to Sarah Jane, “thank you for telling me about Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts!” He said, “when you told me about that, I didn’t believe you and thought you were lying, so I researched it myself, and I found out that you were telling the truth!” He sincerely apologized and told her that he cried when he researched it and found out that it is true! It’s amazing when you stop to think about how many people our presence on the sidewalk really and truly affects!
One older woman with a walker stopped stayed with us for quite a while, sitting in her walker. She goes to a Baptist church in Wilkinsburg and loves the Lord! It occurred to me watching all of these good people interacting with the passersby of our city, how much of a United human family we really and truly are! It is a privilege to be a part of this movement of God called 40 days for life! Family we really and truly are! It is a privilege to be a part of this movement of God called 40 days for life! Nikki
Substituting for Pat tonight was Jim – remember, Pat substituted this morning. (Who’s on first, what’s on second?)
On the 5 pm-7 pm shift: Everything went fairly well, except for a car riding by my yelling expletives and a person tearing up a brochure Ron gave him. We all handed out many brochures and many of the people taking them were very kind and courteous. A gentleman from the West Hills church was handing out New Testaments and I seen a good and great response of people taking them, what a blessing for him to do this. Have a great day. Jim.