Did you ever hear the expression “keep it simple” or the K-I-S-S version? I really think it applies to us and our efforts outside the abortion center. We need to keep it simple starting with “just show up”. Get downtown to 933 Liberty Ave. Sounds easy, but as we all know, it’s not always easy for either internal reasons or external ones. Next “just stay awhile”. It doesn’t have to be long but long enough for you open your heart to God in prayer so HE knows why you are there and what you want.
Sounds a little like the Crucifixion. There weren’t many followers who showed up for whatever their reasons.
And lastly, let God’s love shine through you. Smile. There is still time this week to come to vigil if you haven’t been able to make it so far. If you can’t come this week, know there are year-round sidewalk advocates and prayer warriors outside the clinic every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. So uncomplicate your life. Do something really meaningful. It’s SIMPLE come back to 933 Liberty Ave to pray and demonstrate the gospel of life… maybe save a life and a soul and, oh yeah, find Joy.
Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
It was an interesting morning. There were a lot of emergency vehicles heading down towards the convention center. We learned from passersby that a bus had fell front-end first into a sink hole. Everyone was talking about the emergency and we did hear that no one was hurt….Rose remarked that the bus/sink hole is a one time tragedy while all the lives being lost at planned parenthood (over 3000 per year) is an on-going tragedy. We hope to make the people passing by aware of this tragedy…We also had a young man with his son tell us that he supports us, he is for life! It was a pleasure to stand with Peggy who volunteers at Women’s Choice Network and Family Links. She was telling me about the WCN banquet theme, ” father factor” and how when a woman has a supportive man in her life, the chances of her choosing life go way up!! Thank you! – Sue
From Ginny 9-11 am:
There was a lot of excitement up the street with the bus in the sinkhole , very quiet in front of Planned Parenthood.
Except when charter school had their fire drill on our sidewalk walk. The kids were interested in looking at the fetal models.
Here’s from Donna 11-1:
“It was an interesting Monday to say the least; a bus in a sinkhole, the sidewalks full of Steeler & Dolphin fans, lots of foot traffic. Thanks to Marti & Ron, from our church, St. Thomas Anglican in Gibsonia, joining Diane and I today. Bill stopped by briefly as he told us he was on jury duty. Praise God there were many more positive comments than negative today. So many God bless you’s and thank you’s. Someone came up to me and said “May the Lord bless you and keep you” and then he walked over to Marti and said the same thing. Another man walked by and then came back and handed me a donation for 40 Days For Life. I thanked him and said God bless you. We did have one person early on say “Roe v Wade forever” as he walked by. I said “God bless you” and then he said “go to he..”. We prayed for all who walked by that Jesus would touch their hearts in some way and open their eyes to His truth. Jesus said we would be persecuted for our faith. In a small way we are with the jeers, eye rolls, laughter, mean comments and angry stares. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Blessings For Life, Donna
From Beth 1-3: A big “thumbs up” to God for the best weather of this 40 days
Lots of people walking by this afternoon and most of the comments were positive
Thanks to Marie my shift relief for always coming early so we could leave before rush hour. Steeler fans, Dolphin fans, and people just wanting to see a bus stuck in the sink hole made for a crowded Liberty Avenue. Here’s from Marie 3-5:
“Lots of traffic on the street. Some very positive responses. Two different men had very positive comments. Pete and I were accompanied by Beth from North Park Church, Mary Jane from St Thomas More, Theo from Catholic Charities and Bill”. -Marie Here’s from Peter also with Marie 3-5 pm: “It’s hard to believe this was our 5th and final Monday of this campaign. We have been blessed with wonderful weather on our shifts and today was no different. There were many more pedestrians than normal because foot traffic (mostly for the Steeler game) had to be redirected our way due to the sinkhole that swallowed the bus. Even though there wasn’t much conversation with those who walked by, we hope our presence and prayers gave them pause. God Bless. -Peter”