In the past few weeks I have taken advantage of the winter clearance sales for women’s clothing. As I clipped off a tag from a blouse I’d wear to work that day, I stopped to read it.
And a pair of new corduroy pants were labelled with this idea:
Like NIKE introducing JUST DO IT, advertisers have progressed from touting the qualities that make their products special, to addressing the very real and needy human spirits of their customers. They forego enumerating the attributes of what they are selling and cleverly shift focus. The advertising is now about US and how we feel about ourselves. Somehow I am supposed to be EMPOWERED by my clothing purchases. It is nearly comical …. Will I be more truthful if I wear my new blouse? Don’t think so. Does the person who made my pants also still LOVE them??? NOPE. We are called to “LIVE 4 TRUTH” in our pro-life efforts and we continue in them because EVERY precious life is MADE and LOVED by our creator.
So, yes, I believe God is speaking to me, even in the labels of my clothing. What’s in YOUR closet?
7-9 am Shift Manager Tim Reports:
The vigil opened early with a strong presence from year-round regular Sidewalk Advocates Virginia and Joe along with Bill and Chuck (who does a Jericho march every Saturday morning). They were joined by Beth from North Park Church, Claire from Our Lady of Grace, Tom and Charlie from the Bellevue KOC and Shift Mgr. Pat M. Two women and a man got out of car in front of PP and accepted information and then engaged in a conversation and all agreed that adoption is a better option. They then viewed the fetal models while still inside the yellow line and were promptly asked by an escort to step outside of it. They then walked away.
We were joined by the strong presence and prayer of Fr Tim and the Uniontown Knights of Columbus. What a strong witness we made today. Tim B.
Sue D. Reports 9-11: We were very happy to arrive to more pray-ers than usual today and, despite the beautiful weather, fewer folks going in to PP for services. One couple did accept info but entered PP. Another couple, coming out of PP, also accepted the yellow card. And another couple hurriedly coming out would not accept information – when I offered, the woman said, “No, just pray for me.” When I told her we are here every Saturday and invited her to come back and talk to us anytime, she said again, “No, just pray for me.” I told her I definitely would. We did not know if she had just had an abortion or had been in there for an initial appointment and had not yet made a decision. I told the group, who will also be praying for her. She asked for it – she’s DEFINITELY got it – we prayed then and will continue praying!
Among our many prayer warriors today were the Guardians for Life; folks from Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA; members of the Most Holy Name Society from the Greensburg area (Ascension and Sacred Heart Parishes); and the beautiful large “S” family from St. Alexis in Wexford. Many many thanks to all, coming from far and wide! The prayer was abundant and continuous this morning; so wonderful. It seemed we had an even proportion of positive and negative reactions from passersby. In between prayers we talked about the “Unplanned” movie and the major impact it is having.
At one point, Mike from the MHN Society told me he had approached a group of the PP escorts to tell them that he and they have a lot in common, that they are all volunteers, and that he is a volunteer for Christ. I knew by his quiet and sincere manner that he had spoken these words to them in love. God bless you and good work, Mike – you perfectly embodied today the spirit of 40 Days for Life!
Most Holy Name Society, JeannettePA joins in
1-3 Shift manager Billy reports:Today I was accompanied by Holy Trinity church, Tom, Jenny , Sarah and Tom and Jenny’s children. I was accompanied around 2:30 by Melissa and Jason and Gail from Bethlehem Lutheran church in Shaler who helped pass out Unplanned flyers. While we were there, there was a couple who walked out of planned parenthood and took one of our flyers and one woman grabbed the information before she went into planned parenthood. I saw a couple people coming out of the planned parenthood. All in all we had a good day. Here are some photos:
11-1 shift manager Dean reports: Thanks to the folks from Holy Trinity for praying with me today. There wasn’t as much traffic at P.P. during my shift.
3-5 Shift Manager Kathy Reports: On one side of the circle was colorful and enthusiastic Stonebridge Church: Charlie and Sarah wore 40 days shirts. Another Sarah brought 3 children.
Beautiful roses were laid around circle.
Adrienne from Log Church and Kimberly from SHBC completed the group:ALL first timers!!!So blessed to pray with Bethlehem Lutheran Church from Glenshaw. Amazing testimonies of Gods love. Melissa brought flyers for Unplanned that she recieved from Pgh Christian Events group.wow!
What it looks like from the bus stop across the street— You are noticed. You make an impact!