I have a confession to make. For the past year, I have been feeling a lack of “passion” for this struggle against abortion. I remember when God first broke my heart over abortion in 2009, I was bursting at the seams to do everything possible to join in this fight. Back then, my heart hurt so badly…the only way I could bring it any relief was to work relentlessly. Calling pastors, gathering team members, joining pro life groups, witnessing at PP, participating in Face the Truth and Magee Pickets, the March for Life in DC and everything else I could think of. God has blessed me beyond measure through this work, and so I felt terrible about losing my passion.
Well, I am writing to tell you that I had a realization. Through prayer, I came to realize that my lukewarmness could be harmful to our 40 Days for Life effort in Pittsburgh. I needed to make a decision…to be either ALL IN, or ALL OUT.
I really believe we are at a very exciting, dangerous and challenging time. It is exciting because we have a pro-life president who is promising to defund Planned Parenthood. It is dangerous because there are a lot of very, very, VERY angry women (and men) right now. It is challenging because the closer we get to attaining our goal, the more we have to lose if we fail.
After seeing reports that 2.5 million people marched on Washington for the so-called “Women’s March” yesterday, I was discouraged. The faces of angry women and the vulgar and profane messages on the signs they carried were a reminder of what we are up against. Such a stark contrast to the joyful, family-friendly March for Life that I attend each year! Sadly, we have never seen numbers like the one they achieved yesterday. It’s true…anger is a powerful motivator. We don’t have anger…they do. We don’t have hate. They do. So, 2.5 million people show up once, and every national media outlet covers the story extensively. On Friday, about 400,000 peaceful Christians will march and the media will completely ignore it.
On February 11th, pro-life organizations around our country are planning a nationwide “Protest PP” day. They are calling for peaceful protests to take place in front of Planned Parenthood facilities all across our nation. Pittsburgh will be participating. But how many people will come out for this? I doubt we will even come close to the number that the “Women’s March” enlisted. I heard on the local news that they estimated 25,000 people took part in the women’s march in Pittsburgh yesterday. We will be lucky if 100 people show up for the Protest PP event on February 11th!
It is easy to get discouraged when we look at the comparison…their numbers to ours. But we really can’t compare the two because the source of OUR strength is the opposite of the source of theirs! Their strength is in their anger, which is like gasoline. They explode violently…but burn out just as quickly. Our strength comes from God, who gives us the peace to persevere. The pro-life movement has persevered for 44 years…and will persevere for another 44 if necessary. We simply won’t give up. Ever.
Now I come to the point of this post. This is where I make my decision to either be ALL IN or ALL OUT.
I decided there is only one cure for luke-warmness…and that is to turn up the heat. So I decided that I would give it all I have during this next 40 days. I will do my best to personally fill each and every empty hour at the vigil (when I am not working at my job)…when our shift managers are in danger of being alone. Being in charge of filling the vigil is usually pretty stressful to me, because I know that if no one else volunteers…it is up to me. But this time, I am looking at it as an opportunity to test my resolve.
As of today, we have only about 150 hours filled, with 330 hours left to fill. If you would also like to test YOUR resolve…to see if YOU still have the passion…I ask you to help me. Go to the schedule page of this site to see what hours need filled, and let me know what hours you can fill. Or go to www.40daysforlife.com/pittsburgh to sign yourself up for hours. Consider making a weekly commitment during the 40 days if possible…especially during the times when you see no one else is signed up.
Remember to use our 40 Days for Life flyers or bulletin inserts in your church to let your parish or congregation know about this up-coming campaign.
At this crucial time in American history, I have decided that I am going to be ALL IN. I hope you will too.
Your sister in Christ,