Humility: the state of being humble
40 Days for Life is based on a Scripture passage about humility:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
We need to humble ourselves in order to recognize that we don’t have the power to defeat this problem on our own. We have to turn to God, Who alone can end abortion forever.
Humility: From the Latin root humus, meaning ground.
The international headquarters of 40 Days for Life is emphasizing this need for humility with a new slogan: “Knees on the Ground to End the Local Violence of Abortion” Kneeling in prayer puts us in an outward posture of our inward state. Kneeling reminds us–and everyone who sees us–that we are weak and in need of God’s help.
Humility: the theme of the Fall 2018 campaign of 40 Days for Life in Pittsburgh…straight from the Holy Spirit to Nikki’s heart.
An inward state of humility and an outward posture of kneeling are so important for what we want to accomplish on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. I love this theme and I’m grateful to Nikki for listening to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Despite all that, I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t kneeled on the street yet. I guess I’ve been embarrassed by what people might think. Not even the people passing by so much as the people with whom I’m praying…like I’m trying to show off or something. I know it’s ridiculous…just proves that the devil will use any little angle he can to keep us from moving closer to God.
With God’s help, I plan to get over myself this week and kneel before Him on the sidewalk to ask for the immediate and permanent closure of Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh as well as an end to abortion everywhere. Won’t you please come with me?
Here is a link to the schedule… https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/pittsburgh/ You can use it to find a good time to join us, or you can just show up when the Holy Spirit moves you to. We’ll be at 933 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh from 7 AM to 7 PM now through November 4th. When discerning whether or not to bring children with you, please be aware that there are passers-by who engage in varying degrees of aggressive behavior.
Scenes from the Sidewalk, Friday 10/19
7-9 AM, Nikki:
We had an awesome presence on the sidewalk for the 7 to 9 shift this morning! There were four of us from Saint Joe’s in Verona: Bob, Joyce, Tim and myself. Faithful Sally and Al were there also for our entire shift. Before my shift was over, a large group of Pittsburgh homeschoolers arrived, there must have been at least 15 of them! And also parishioners from St. Thomas Moore church in Bethel Park arrived for the beginning of their church’s time slot which goes until three today! It was so inspiring to see the dedication of many people who are willing to come out in the cold morning to witness to the sanctity of every human life! There were couples beginning to enter the abortion clinic around 8 o’clock, some did take the information, others did not. The most inspiring thing that happened, I think, was that a young man named Mark stopped to talk to me to share his personal conversion with me. He was miraculously delivered from drugs, alcohol and homosexuality through direct help from Jesus and Mary! He is going to St. Mary of Mercy Church in town right now and carries a picture of Jesus with him everywhere he goes, which he took out of his bag and showed to me. I am praising God for His miraculous works! Mark wants to get involved in 40 Days for Life and is planning to come to the sidewalk tomorrow when we have a need in the afternoon. He told me to look up the testimony of a woman named Mary Catherine Baxter, which I will do. Supposedly she has books published all around the world. She supposedly received visions of heaven which showed her what happens to aborted babies. According to Mark, and according to this book which I will look up, every time a baby is aborted there are two angels on either side of the woman. They take the soul of the baby and put it in a white box. The soul is supposedly something like a gray mist. They carry it to Jesus, he holds the soul in his hand and breathes on it, and it becomes a full-grown nine-month-old baby. The baby is then named “precious”, unless the parents on earth have given the baby a name, and in that case, the baby receives the name given to her by his parents. I thought that was just beautiful, and it rings true to me. It was a blessed time on the sidewalk this morning! Thank you to everyone who came!
9-11 AM, Kathy:
When I arrived, Nikki and the group from St. Thomas Moore and a family of homeschoolers were receiving the rant from a woman stating her opinion as to why they shouldn’t be there on the sidewalk. As she left, she yelled, “…and Kavanaugh is going to overturn Roe vs Wade!” We hope he and the other justices do soon, but remember this woman, and others like her, in your prayers.Another homeschooling family came and prayed together on the other side of the circle. Thank you, family. The others and I read today’s devotional and sang the hymn, “All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name”. It was the first time they heard this hymn.Many folks passing by accepted literature. One woman entering PP took a picture of both sandwich boards. When she exited the building, I asked if she would like a pamphlet on fetal development which she declined. She said that PP does other things than abortion that are good but appreciated my concern.
11 AM-1 PM, Marie:
St. Thomas More stood witness for the entire day. Several of their parishioners were present during my shift. They took pictures they planned to send to Nikki. The shift was uneventful except for some disgusting and perverted art work being taken into Planned Parenthood. They must have been planning to have a function because they were also taking in service ware.
1-3 PM, Dave and Noreen:
We had a pretty quiet day today during the 1 – 3 shift. We had some great people from St. Thomas More parish, as well as a couple other prayer warriors.
David, Mary Jane, Rose Ann and Leslie
3-5 PM, Sue:
When I got there for the shift, Mary Jane was still there and Julius and Bob from Round Hill Church were already set up! It was busy on the sidewalk. Lots of people passing by. We handed out as much information as we could. We got some negative looks as well as positive comments. It always strikes me as odd when people glance at the baby models and than give you a negative look…they are biologically correct fetal models…! A woman who I recognized and recognized me, passed by and showed her displeasure that we were there. She was quite a ways down the sidewalk when she returned to have a discussion with us. We came to no agreement on our views, but Bob was really attentive and a good listener. She thanked us for that as she left, which I thought was a big step forward! I also want to relay a story from Cathy, who came to bring a flower after work. On her way down the sidewalk, she stopped to say a kind word to a woman with a disability. As they were chatting, the woman asked Cathy where she was going. When Cathy told her, the woman said that she knows ayoung lady who is in PP recovering from an abortion today. Cathy laid her flower on the sidewalk for that baby and will pray for the Mom. She took some post-abortion information in case she could pass it on to the woman on her way back. Lori, her daughter and daughter’s friend from Round Hill Church came to stand with us just as next SM David showed up as well Claire to pray the psalms and Jim on his way home from work.
5-7 PM, David:
We had a nice evening to pray and witness. An artist, Chiaka Howze, came by and wowed us with his gift of artistry evident in the picture he drew of Matt and Mayim. I wish I would have taken his picture. He was quite a character. It was the typical passersby. We had a few negatives and a few positives but it was good that we were there! God Bless!