Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.Luke 12: 6-7
The little sparrows that hop around on the sidewalk while we’re praying at the vigil remind me of those comforting words of our Lord, shared in today’s Gospel reading. God knows each of us intimately, down to the number of hairs on our head. And we are worth something to Him. Not just any something, but the ultimate Something: the life of His own beloved Son, whom He sacrificed to save each one of us.
That goes for each person standing outside praying.
And each person passing by.
And each person inside PP…including every small person carried in to be killed.
We know all too well that our presence does not stop most of those murders from taking place. But we also know that there is great value in being there in solidarity with those children as they lose their lives. Each of them is worth infinitely much to our Lord. Each of them is certainly worth our time spent praying on the sidewalk.
In case you missed it, here is the president & CEO of 40 Days for Life worldwide, Shawn Carney, making that point beautifully in a podcast.
7-9 AM +++ Barbara, Richard, and Rose
Friday morning’s forecast threatened rain. Rain never came … such a blessing!
PP preys on women. Plenty of young women came and went through its gaping doors.
They all looked like staff. Staff is abortion’s prey.
Diane, Tom, Rose, Lisa, Bill, Nikki, Richard and I all shared the sidewalk bordering those voracious PP doors, together for at least a moment this early morn.
God willing, we will never surrender any of our sisters to the PP arms.
9-11 AM +++ Kathy and Mark
Thanks to the above folks and also to Dan, Bill H, and St. Joseph the Worker from Swissvale ladies.Kathy
A mother and daughter stopped to share their views on abortion to Katie and me. The mother asserted the separation of church and state as reason to keep abortion legal. The daughter listed her reasons. The daughter listened to me read a paragraph from Psalm 139 re God’s creation of us in our mother’s womb. Both women thanked us and politely left.
A young woman walking her dog turned around and challenged the Swissvale ladies by asking if they’ve ever adopted children and do they know their presence is contributing to the emotional pain of women who are making hard decisions? A gentle response of “Yes, one” came from the group, but the young woman countered “You should adopt all of them!” She said some other hostile things before leaving.
Several women entered PP. One accepted a yellow card and said she would tell her sister about it.
11 AM-1 PM +++ Sheila and Dee
Check back soon!
1-3 PM +++ Jeannie and Elaine
Another beautiful afternoon on the sidewalks of Pittsburgh. We rejoiced at the prospect of having a pro life mom of faith join the Supreme Court today. Elaine and Marilyn, the core of the 1 to 3 team, anchored our vigil time.
We were joined by Henry who prayerfully knelt outside the circle.
There were a few negative comments but nearly a dozen affirmations of support from passersby. We even had a couple of young Black girls ask to take a picture of the “Unborn Lives Matter” sign. God is good.
Just a reminder to everyone it is particularly chilly near Planned Parenthood — Overdress! You can always take that extra layer off but the devil will get your nose and your fingers in no time.Jeannie
3-5 PM +++ Pat, Val, and Mike
Today things were quiet on the sidewalk. But what distressed Val and Mike (my SBs) and me was seeing three women during our time there who seemed very likely to have had abortions here today. We prayed for their conversion of heart.
I was blessed to have Vince and Amy return (from Wexford and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church), and even more blessed to have had them bring Amy’s friend and coworker, Carol (from St. Kilian’s in Mars), who came to pray at the vigil for the very first time.Pat