“It’s true love.” Pop culture paints us a picture of overwhelming emotion sweeping people off their feet, carrying them off to happily-ever-after. But pop culture doesn’t really believe in “true love,” relegating the concept to princess cartoons and romance novels. Good thing, because that’s not what it actually looks like anyway.
True love can be beautiful, but it can also be messy and difficult and tiring. True love is holding someone’s hand as the doctor tells them bad news. True love is asking for forgiveness after you’ve hurt someone. True love is driving a beat-up old car so you can share the money you save with someone in need.
True love wants the highest and best good for the loved one, even when it means putting that person’s needs before your own. The best example of true love that humankind has ever seen? Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, giving up everything that was rightfully His…taking on everything that we suffer…offering His very life for our salvation.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
This is the kind of love we need in our lives, and the kind that we need to give to everyone around us. It’s the kind of love that leads a young woman in a difficult situation to choose life for her unborn child, and the kind that moves others to surround her with support. May God use our presence on the sidewalk to open all hearts to that kind of love–His kind of love–TRUE love. Thank you for being a part of this campaign!
Here are the pictures and reports from today’s vigil!
7-9 AM, Barbara and Richard:
Rosy red skies glowed on our left as we crossed the Veteran’s Bridge into Downtown.
22 Degrees and we were bundled so completely that we would not have recognized each other except that we traveled in the same car.
Tom had already set up the bins. Passers by and vehicles already competed for space.
One by one, beginning around 7:30, people went into PP and then a young couple lingered to finish a cigarette each. We offered free available confidential help, but they resolutely entered. Three more couples and a young woman alone went in. One young tall healthy looking man rode his bike to the door, swiftly opened it and skillfully maneuvered his bike inside. I prayed that someday soon he will offer his youthful vitality in the cause for life.
One man gave me a dollar. I gave it away soon after asking the person to, “Pass it on!” A good vibe to share for life. One young woman waiting in her car at the light across the street, opened her window, and called, “Thank you!” to me.
Kathy, Marianne and Libby showed up and our first Shift was complete.
God is so good!
9-11 AM, Kathy and Marianne:
Thank you to individual volunteers and Jefferson County Christian School group.
My shift started by quietly praying together with Marianne and Libby. After we finished, I turned my attention to passing out literature while the ladies continued praying. Some patrons accepted the lit, others didn’t. Most passersby accepted lit.
One young couple who accepted the lit and entered pp, exited about 30 minutes later with the young lady holding a white paper in her hand. She pulled the lit out of her pocket and put both together. Let’s hope and pray she looks at the resources and uses them.
A large group from Jefferson County Christian School arrived (20 total) eager to pray and reach out to those needing help. These young people and chaperones showed the joy of the Lord through their prayers, songs, and willingness to be there. God bless them and all who came today.
11 AM-1 PM, Sheila and Pastor Bryan:
I had the great pleasure of spending my shift with this wonderful group from Jefferson County Christian School (Wintersville, Ohio) which included Pastor Martin and Pastor Foster. Pastor Brian is pictured as well. It was inspiring to see these youth in action, as they reached out to passersby and those entering the clinic with smiles, encouraging words and prayers. One story of note – Pastor Foster prayed over a young woman who had an abortion on Valentine’s Day and was returning to PP for a checkup. She teared up and told us that she regrets the abortion. “I knew it was wrong but I did it anyway.” She said she wishes we were there the day she had her abortion. She also noted that her mom is the most pro-life person you’d ever want to meet. She was provided with post-abortion healing resources.
1-3 PM, Elaine and Missy:
On my first day of being a shift manager I was excited to see so many youth from the previous shift as I arrived at Planned Parenthood. As I talked to a few of them before my shift started, I was filled with joy in seeing their commitment to the pro-life movement. They were students from Jefferson County Christian School in Ohio. During my shift, the encouragement that I felt in the midst of the darkness in the evil of abortion was when some people who passed us by gave us a smile and said “Thank you for doing this.” I am sure that God is telling us that same message with a smile on his face!!
3-5 PM, Pat:
I only encountered one negative comment my whole shift. And, thanks to the grace of God (and a slow wit), I didn’t respond.
It was great to be able to have so much time to pray. I took one side and Beth took the other and we both prayed by ourselves. And then Mary Jane from Mt. Lebanon came and did a fantastic job of passing out the resource cards to many, many people.
5-7 PM, Kathy and Bill:
Blessed to stand with Bill and Mary Jane. Many interesting encounters. Man stopped to share his story: when he was 15 , he got a 17-year-old pregnant. He excelled at school and was awarded a $50 gift. He gave it to her to get an abortion. She bought $50 worth of baby clothes! Now he is thrilled with 2 grandchildren. I invited him to come pray with us.