40 Days for Life
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
Announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”
Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
For they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the LORD comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
All the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.
~Isaiah 52: 7-10
Two of my favorite little body parts of babies is often their little noses and their little feet. They are just so CUTE. The photo above shows such a chubby, kissable baby foot. So beautiful. And the Lord mentions “beautiful feet” in the above passage from Isaiah. Why are the feet in Isaiah’s passage beautiful? Because they bring good news. What is that good news? OUR GOD IS KING.
While chaos seems to reign supreme in our land these days, one thing is for sure. Our God is King. THANKS BE TO GOD.
Even when abortions still take place…. our God, though He is surely grieved over this, is still King.
Let us do all we can to bring His love and His presence to the sidewalk… to the abortion-vulnerable couples, to the abortion workers, and to the passersby. May they know by our prayers that our God is King.
This passage also tells us that “The Lord has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations,” and that “all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.” We will all know. We will all see. We will all behold that our God is King. And we pray that this may happen to all those we encounter on that sidewalk- and to all those inside that horrid edifice known as Planned Parenthood. May ALL see… and know… and behold.
Reports from the Sidewalk:
Thursday mornings are my favorite shift! So peaceful and quiet and so many good people to pray with! It was wonderful to see the nice faces from Holy Family Parish who came and prayed on the other side of the circle, while Peggy and I prayed on our usual side. Deacon Tim also came from Holy Family, and he also prayed on the other side. Only workers entering the clinic. And it was God‘s timing, I think, that as Peggy and I were on our knees praying the rosary, I was just announcing my usual intention for the third decade. I was saying out loud that we were praying for mercy for all those who work or volunteer in the abortion business, for their conversion and repentance and salvation. As I was saying that, the security guard happened to be walking up from behind us and I am sure that with the city being so quiet, he heard every word. God planted some seeds. It is so important that we are there. Thank you everybody and God bless you!
Meredith, Chuck and I arrived for our shift and Debbie and Judi from St. Thomas More were already here praying. Jon from Holy Family joined us. More and more prayers were raised to heaven and we were joined by Bill, then Mary from Most Precious Blood of Jesus and by Janine from St. Alexis. Midway through our shift, we were joined by Loli. Loli has a company called Crosswalk Footwear. It is a Christian company and she manufactures shoes. The proceeds go to manufacture baby shoes to give women who are abortion-minded. She recently gave away her first pair of baby shoes to a woman who chose life for her baby.
A couple separate young ladies entered PP. Meredith was able to at least intercept both of them and offer alternatives which they did not accept. But we pray their brief conversation with Meredith stays in their minds and the Lord uses these words in their lives in the days ahead. Amazingly, one of the young ladies came out and spoke to Meredith for a while and took a card.
Today was one of the quietest shifts I’ve experienced in a long time. Very unusual, but also nice. I’ve been loving the prayerfulness we’ve been having on the sidewalk…. lots of silent prayer. I think it’s beautiful to pray together; there’s also something powerful about the witness of silent prayer as well.
Thank you to the parishioners of Holy Family, my parish! You are all wonderful and inspiring! Thank you also to those who said they would pray from home. God bless you all.
I absolutely love the strength of the people who attend the vigil. Bob, a regular, stops by at least every Thursday.. maybe more often. He is so unassuming and humble. And Tony has become a prayerful and faithful regular. And Marilyn and Peg are just veterans… they have been through a lot in life and it has made them the beautiful women of faith they are. I am so blessed to know such people.
One other thing to add…. As I was praying the Divine Office on the sidewalk, there were SO many Scripture passages about God being strong, God being our Maker, God being King….. and it reminded me of the reflection I wrote for the blog this week (above). God IS KING. No doubt about it. He is in charge- and we have nothing to do in the current state of world affairs but to put our trust in HIM.
It was a beautiful unseasonably warm fall day with bright sunshine, but the cloud of abortion was present and the dead leaves gathering at the door of PP speaks clearly of this. We persevere in prayer! Larry (AOH), Glenn (Most Precious Blood of Jesus), Judy, and I did just that. We prayed five rosaries and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We distributed literature and received many encouraging words, and a few of the usual suspects came by to greet us with their foul language… May God open their hearts to His gracious love and mercy.
GOD IS KING.
ALL WILL SEE and ALL WILL KNOW.