Maneuvering the Rapids…
The image of a team of people all working together to maneuver a raft through raging rapids…this is how I am thinking about us pro-lifers getting through this turbulent election season. The devil will try to divide us if he can, but it is critical that we all work together as a team if we are going to avoid the rocks.
We all know that the fight to end abortion is primarily a spiritual battle…NOT a political one! We know that even if (please, God!) Roe vs. Wade was overturned today, unless the hearts and minds of American citizens were changed…there would be a revolution. Do you remember the demonic rage in the women’s faces as they beat on the doors of the Supreme Court, and howled and screamed as Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in? Whenever the left feels like it’s most sacred sacrament is threatened, all Hell (literally) is set loose!
That is why we have been praying, fasting and peacefully witnessing for so many years. Changing one heart, one mind, at a time. So many spiritual movements are going on now…fasting campaigns, prayer marches…like the one in Washington DC this past weekend. We are truly seeing the fulfillment of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
So, how are we going to get through this? Here are three things that I think will help us to maneuver these raging rapids…(I am preaching first and foremost to myself here!):
#1. Being BLIND to the (perceived) faults of other pro-lifers…while at the same time, being EXTRA critical of ourselves.
Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:5
#2. Being humble and child-like in our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 18:3
#3. Willingness to suffer without complaining.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,Colossians 1:24
I am not writing about this because of any divisions I have seen as of yet. In fact, I am so impressed at the love and kindness that our 40 Days for Life participants always show to each other, and to those who pass by the vigil! God has called those HE WANTED to be His witnesses on the sidewalk, that is for sure! I just felt prompted to write about this so that we may all BE ON OUR GUARD! Anger, pride and jealousy can creep in subtly, and in such a divisive season as these days before a critical election, I think it is important for us all to remember that if anyone is working to end abortion, even if we disagree on any other issue…if we are in agreement that life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death…then we are in the same boat and we need to be working together, in unison.
This of course does not apply when we are dealing with those who oppose us. We should NOT be afraid to confront them, in love. But as for our pro-life family, we are to ignore one another’s faults, and to extend grace upon grace…and to be harsh only to ourselves.
Now…on to today’s reports from the sidewalk!
Praise God! A BABY WAS SAVED TODAY!!! READ REPORTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!!!
Peggy, Charlene & Beth S. had the first shift:
My phone weather said it was 55 degrees, then why did we need layers, coats, and gloves? Oh, right. We were in front of PP…the coldest place in the city. The devil makes sure of that!! But I have Faith that no matter what the devil does, the Lord will close PP through our prayers. Praying intently this morning were the Wednesday trio: Peggy,Beth, and I. We were joined almost immediately by Kathy. Kathy has recently retired and decided to become more active. She was here for the opening and back again today. It was an eye opening, sad experience as we watched 7-8 women enter PP. Bill joined us and Priscilla came a little early for her shift. I know we will be successful because Jesus said, “Trust Me. I am doing something even in this horrible situation. Watch and wait.” And so we will…and we will pray!!
Terri & Priscilla managed the 9-11 shift:
It was a very chilly, blustery fall day at Liberty Avenue this morning. I was kept company by a prayerful Priscilla. There was less foot traffic today, but some people accepted literature. No one entered Planned Parenthood the first hour and we were very happy about that. Two couples arrived later and did accept the yellow cards from me, but still went inside. We did have an ugly incident during my shift. A woman walked around us and appeared to be going into the street to avoid us. She reached over and knocked over our display board. I have seen her before act unruly. She is always angry and is obviously in need of healing. The good news is that a young man across the street witnessed the incident and came right over. He was upset with her and what she had done. He helped us get the display up again. I will focus on the kindness that he showed this morning.Terri
Barbara & Richard were the faithful witnesses from 11-1:
Brrr it was cold on the sidewalk today … not winter cold but fall brisk! The wind blew constantly and the sunshine was always across the street! Terri and Priscilla from the earlier shift greeted Richard and me. Terri stayed and Rudy arrived. They belong belong to Father Tim’s group. Their van broke down and everyone else had to go back. Holly and her daughter Hope arrived. Holly had been with Project Rescue. Those people are such good examples of heroism in action. Pedestrian traffic and people going in and out of pp kept us busy. Rudy led us in the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Just a minute ago we heard the good news that a woman had changed her mind. She chose life for her baby. More about this joy from a later shift. PeaceBarbara
Chris & Elsie wrote from the 1-3 shift:
A brisk wind blew through the street continually during my shift. I prayed that the power of the Holy Spirit would blow the evil out of 933 Liberty Ave. Elsie, my faithful shift buddy, and Helen, from the St. Mary Our Mother grouping, were lovingly persistent in handing out, potentially, life-saving information. Elsie’s son, Gerard prayed on his knees, directly on the sidewalk, for almost the complete shift. What a powerful witness for life! Tom joined us again from Divine Mercy Parish. Tom prayed the Rosary on one side of the semi-circle while I prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries on the other side. We received more than a few supportive comments, with just one angry tirade by a woman leaving PP.Chris
Elsie texted the details of a woman who walked out of PP in tears. When Elsie offered help, the woman said tearfully that she had changed her mind…that she had decided that she just couldn’t go through with it! Praise God! Please keep “K” in your prayers!
Joe and Virginia closed us out from 3-5:
A brisk shift – lots-o-breeze (not the summer kind), but the display stood strong. Well done Diane & Tom!!! One pro-choicer visiting from NY stopped by and I thought we had a good respectful discussion. He wanted to understand our perspective better…He left with some info (Watch Me Grow) – hopefully I represented well / planted some seeds to watch him grow… Lots of friendly folks passed by, many took Resource Cards. One business lady passed by and stated that we should be ashamed of ourselves…Well if that’s the case for praying and trying to help babies, women, families… then what should you be for destroying life / lives? Does it matter to them?Joe K.