God has given me a vehicle…the gift of my life.
He has filled the tank with gas…His abundant Grace.
He’s provided something far more reliable than GPS to get me where I want to go…it’s HS (the Holy Spirit!)
All I need to do is put my foot on the gas pedal and not let up…in other words, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
I have a tendency to run off the road when all the cares and concerns of everyday life distract me. But none of my problems can be fixed by standing beside the car and staring at them.
Happily, God offers lifetime roadside assistance with this vehicle. Dear Lord, when I’m standing on the side of the road, perplexed and despairing, please help me to get back in the car and to drive straight toward You!!!
Wherever we go and whatever we do during these 40 Days, may our unceasing prayer be focused on asking God to end abortion. And please join us on the sidewalk whenever possible, gathering in Christ to offer His hope and healing to all our brothers and sisters!
Here are the reports from today’s vigil. Thanks to all who prayed with us!
(By the way, did you catch the Pittsburgh shout-out in Shawn Carney’s email today?)
Nikki, 7-9 AM:
I arrived right at seven to see the beautiful faces of Diane, Tom and Amy. Diane and Tom had already set up the amazing sidewalk display, and Amy is from my own parish and is a new sidewalk advocate, and comes year round when she can. Mary Pat arrived soon after, she had signed up to be there from 7 to 9 AM. I was happily surprised when John arrived. He only recently heard about 40 days for life, and had decided to come and check it out. He stayed for my entire shift and was a wonderful witness to the love of Jesus. We had another man join us, who rides in on his bicycle, I had seen him many times during the last campaign. He holds a pro-life sign and walks back-and-forth in front of the circle. Sadly, while he was there, somebody stole his bicycle. He had it locked up and changed around a tree, so somebody must have had bolt cutters. I think it was an act of retaliation against us, because he had his pro life sign hanging on his bike. It was a busy abortion morning, with lots of abortion bound couples entering. We did our best. We prayed and we witnessed. Please pray for us.Nikki
Kathy and Mary, 9-11 AM:
Thank you to the three devoted women who came to pray today from the Riverside Community Church. In addition, we were in company with shift buddy Mary, SA Kim, and Mark and Jim.Kathy
We opened in prayer and then took our positions, some wearing signs standing on sidewalk and in the street* near yellow line. I passed out literature. “A” stopped by to talk. She is pregnant and due in February. She was appreciative of resources and took a yellow card with her. A mixture of reactions today–some positive and others mildly negative. A young man in barefeet walked by named”BJ.” He accepted help from us after our shift. Please keep this young man in your prayers.
*Also, please stand on the sidewalk and not in the street. A vehicle almost hit one of the vigilers this morning who was standing on the street outside the yellow line. I called the police and filed a report.
11 AM-1 PM shift was graciously covered by SM Kathy and Volunteers from Holy Sepulcher Parish. Thanks and God bless you all!!!
Elaine and Bernie, 1-3 PM:
Please check back soon for an update!
Pat, 3-5 PM:
I’d forgotten about the second-hand smoke, and I’d forgotten about the people from the bar next door and how sad their behavior makes me feel, and I’d even forgotten about all of the noise (all sorts of noise). But I’d also forgotten how good it feels to be united in prayer and spirit with my brothers and sisters in Christ who see so clearly how horrible what happens inside PP really is and feel that same urge to do something about it.Pat
Being that the weather was agreeable, I decided to mix prayer with passing out literature. Here’s hoping seeds were planted. Thanks go out to sisters Debbie (St. Winifred’s) and Judy (St. Joan of Arc) who were there for the first hour and beyond. Thanks also to Joe (Sts. John and Paul in Butler) who stopped by for a while during that first hour. During the second hour I had Mary (St. Sylvester’s) and was able to pray a rosary with her. I was also glad to see a couple I got to know last year, Mike and Val (St. Mark’s) who are always great to talk with. And finally, I was honored to be able to meet Thao and get to know her a little better. She’s from the Dallas, TX, area, but is doing a year of lay-mission work in Pittsburgh. Bill H. also stopped by at the end.
Missy and Bill, 5-7 PM:
Busy Friday night on the sidewalk…Alot of foot traffic but no one going in to Planned Parenthood. Thank you to Mike, Valerie, Mary, Bill E., Steve and of course Thao for being there to pray. The atmosphere can be very heavy as you try to pray…I know we have all felt the heaviness. Put on the full armor of God every time you go… The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, shoes made ready with the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God! ( From Ephesians 6:13-17)Missy
Remember that we are Warriors for Jesus Christ…prayer warriors! When it’s hard to pray…pray harder! God Bless All!