40 Days for Life
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Asking for help. It is something so basic, and yet, something that is hard for some of us to do. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it has to do with our sense of independence, or not wanting to “bother” anybody, or not wanting to feel weak or helpless.
But in my opinion, asking for help is one of the MOST PRODUCTIVE things we can ever do. It shows willingness, humanness, and HUMILITY. It makes us vulnerable before another person, and that vulnerability shows that we are willing to trust.
In the image above, the sweet baby looks so tiny, so helpless. And he is. But his father is right there, with his strong hand, to show that he is there, and to help him to feel secure.
The Scripture passage above follows with reminders from Our Lord that “if [we] then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to [our] children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)
Our God wants to help us. He wants it so much that He is even willing to offer His help THROUGH other people. When we stand as witnesses on the sidewalk, and offer help to passersby, we are the ones through whom the Lord is working. And yet, so many who are in need….. pass right by, or even respond with anger to offers of help.
Sometimes, I wish we had this sign over our heads on Liberty Avenue:
It might show that we are genuinely there to help.
At the same time, we ourselves are in need of help as well. We, too, need to ask the Lord for help in our prayer, or our speaking to those on the sidewalk. Let us make ourselves vulnerable to the Lord and TRUST Him. In doing so, we can be a good example for those who also need help. We pray that we can all grow in HUMILITY in this way, and not be afraid to ask for what we need.
Shift Manager Reports
It was a peaceful shift this morning. It was wonderful to see Diane as she was bringing the materials and to spend my two hour shift with my buddy Peggy! We prayed together on our knees in front of the door to Planned Parenthood and then prayed individually and also had some conversation. There was not much activity going on at Planned Parenthood yet, but a couple people took our yellow cards that were going in. It was a blessing as always to see Judy, Pastor Joe, and dear Chuck from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene as they arrived for the 9 to 11 shift.
Lincoln Place Nazarene arrived at 9 AM with Pastor Joe and Judy, Meredith, and Chuck. It was great to see Nikki and Peg before they left their shift. Later we were joined at 10 AM by Elk County Right to Life from St. Mary’s PA: Janet, Mary R., Mary B., and Laurey. Shortly after that, Therese joined us from Carnegie. (Sorry I didn’t get her pic). It was encouraging to have enough people to pretty much fill the outside of the bubble.
It seemed to be a busy day at Planned Parenthood. Many were going in throughout our shift. We offered most of them the resource card and other information. Several ignored us completely, but some of them were polite and said, “No thank you” – some said they were going in for other things. One lady said that she had insurance (and basically wasn’t interested in free services) and regrettably shook her head yes when I asked her if she knew they did abortions there. One lady came out with her pills in hand and stopped to let me explain about the services on our resource card. I suggested she use the resources on the card instead of supporting the abortion giant. She seemed to be very appreciative of the information and thanked me for giving it to her.
A gentleman approached Chuck and was rather gruff and loud, saying we were all liars because we didn’t care about mothers after they decided to keep the baby. Chuck tried to respond but the man got in his face, so Chuck had to walk away from him … as the man called him the nastiest name in the book and huffed off. One man in a pickup truck stopped at the light in front of PP, opened his window and repeatedly yelled, “Kill the babies, kill the babies, kill the babies…” until his light turned green and he drove off. Pastor Joe said another person stopped at the light and was yelling as well. Our hearts and prayers go out to these individuals, and we pray that they somehow saw Jesus in us today and that He will eventually change their hearts.
On a side note we had a gentleman come by who needed $2 to get a bus back to the airport. Between three of us, we were able to scrape together $2 LOL. He allowed us to have prayer with him before leaving and we found out that he was a born again Christian. He was very thankful for the $2 and the prayers. “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered.” We thank God for the opportunity to stand against abortion.
As I made my way into town today the garage was full. I rode around the block a couple of times and ended up in a different garage, where the Lord wanted me. As I entered the elevator, there was a young couple in there and they just kind of gave me a smirk and a look when I got in. The thought struck me that they were going to PP and they, of course, were.
It was a very busy day today with many people in and out of PP. Thanks to all the prayer warriors who came from near and far and prayed today: Mary, Mary B., Janet & Laurie from Elk County Right to Life, Bill from FPCP, Therese from Heidelberg, Bob from St. Paul’s, John from St. James (West End), Bill from St. Bernard’s, and Bob from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carnegie.
We had many people pass by, some good and some not-so-good comments and gestures. We had a woman by the name of “A” stop by and said her little girl, Madison, was saved 2 years ago because of 40 Days For Life. She said keep doing what we’re doing. Praise God! I noticed another gentleman that went by twice, and both times he was praying the rosary. Also PP was having trouble with their door again today. Praying that is a sign of things to come.
Amy and I were joined tonight by Ben and three guys from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Walt, Vince, and Al. Nice time, got to pray a rosary. We were later joined by Kathy and a family from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. The family was an inspiration as they knelt and prayed the rosary with their small children. Towards the end of the shift, we had a small confirmation by two men, but it only lasted for a minute. They seemed to be part of the bar club next door. All in all, a very good night.
May the Lord continue to inspire us
to ask, to seek, to knock.
May we always ask Him for the gift of continued HUMILITY.
May the Lord bless us all!!