40 Days for Life
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?
Haggai 1: 2-4
The house in the above photo looks pretty, looks cozy. Right? In our lives, MOST of us find that we live pretty comfortable lives. Maybe not perfect, not ritzy (for most), but comfortable. But in the passage from Haggai, the Lord asks the people, almost with exasperation, “Really? You need to focus on your own homes, your own lives, while the house of the Lord lies in ruins? Where are your priorities?”
Every time 40 Days for Life rolls around again, I am always struck by this kind of side-by-side contrast. The typical middle-class American happy life v. the sad reality that some people live. The reality that involves unwanted pregnancy, sadness, doubt, fear, possible ostracization, and all kinds of other difficulties. Our priorities THANKFULLY are made to shift when we begin each new campaign. We are struck by the needs of someone else. The needs that the Lord wants us to be attentive to.
Shift Manager Reports
What a beautiful day to shine for Jesus! The weather was just perfect. I was blessed to have my wonderful friends from Saint Joe’s come with me for my 7 to 9 shift! We were also joined by Peg who has selflessly committed to come every Wednesday and Thursday morning throughout the entire 40 days! Also, Eloisa came again this morning, what a joy it was to talk to her and get to hear her story! God is so good to us, he sent so many wonderful brothers and sisters to our 40 Days for Life! We did not receive any negative comments, except for one man who drove by yelling out to us that we should adopt from the foster care system, to which I yelled back that I did! One lady stopped and prayed for us, that was beautiful! All in all, it was a good shift! Thank you to all who came!
From Lisa K.:
Nikki was right. It was indeed a beautiful day. It felt good to be back on the sidewalk, praying and offering help to those in need. Several of the young women rolled their eyes or shook their heads at me, as if to brush me off. But that’s okay. And I told several of the workers that we’re praying for them. I hope they know that we really are.
I had a wonderful group with me from St. Bernadette, and others who stopped by. Thank you all, for being part of our 40 Days family!
Rick wrote from the 5-7 shift:
The Thursday 5-7 Shift was peaceful and prayerful. Thanks so much to Marian, Diane, Regis, Michelle and Mark from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nick from St. Maria Goretti, Michael from Sacred Heart, and Bill for their prayers and witness for unborn children and pregnant mothers in need. May the grace of God cause the hearts of many to change and our country ensure liberty and justice for all, born and unborn!
And friends, let us remember why we are doing this. We stand and pray for the baby boys…
And baby girls…
And for the expectant parents…
And for the siblings…
And for the grandparents…
And for ALL who will encounter these unborn people as they grow into the beautiful creations that God intended them to be.
THANK YOU ALL for your continued prayers and fasting. It makes a difference!!! Let us always put our trust in the Lord!!!!!!!