Our unswerving allegiance to the one true God helps us to stand in this battle for life. This battle belongs to the Lord and we know He is victorious! The battle is already won. We know He is on our side; the side of life, because He is the way, the truth and the life. Our hope and trust is only in Him. He is the one who overturned Roe vs. Wade. And we give Him all honor, praise and glory. He will use our prayers, witness and faithfulness to bring abortion to an end. He will bring the Goliath of abortion down. We believe and decree that this will happen in His timing and in His way. Our God is Sovereign over all and will show His hand in a mighty way! He will not be mocked! We praise you Father for calling us to be part of your army!
Knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior we go forward in faith as His army. We are ambassadors for Christ on the sidewalk. In our 40 Days For Life Daily Devotions on Day 11 this struck me and I wanted to share it in my reflection this week.
In his book, Fishers of Men, Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings:
- God has chosen us (John 15:16)
- We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)
- Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)
- We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)
- Know our purpose—to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)
- We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Do not let kindness and truth leave you (Proverbs 3:3-4)
- Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)
Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling where God has placed us for such a time as this.
Cathy & Peggy 7-9
Peg and I had a quiet shift, with 2-3 clients going inside. One was from WV. One did take some literature. We prayed the rosary and Memorare until the next group arrived. Unfortunately, that’s when the heavier rain arrived as well.
Judy & Marlene 9-11
Today’s shift started with Marlene from St. James, Meredith from Covenant, Jim, Denise, Lori, Chuck, Carol, Pastor Joe & Judy from Lincoln Place Nazarene. We were later joined by Matt from New Life Church. Needless to say you can see from the picture we started out when it was raining like cats and dogs. And the wind was blowing just the same! There were already a couple of people inside Planned Parenthood before we got there. There were many people going in for appointments this morning. They flatly refused any of our information. Right as our shift was ending, two gentlemen from the Middle East Broadcasting Company arrived on the scene doing an article on the Democrats using abortion as their central focus and these reporters were trying to present the picture/story of the abortion activist (PP) and pro-lifers. They said they had already done a filming in Harrisburg and were now doing Pittsburgh. He was filming in front of us and some of us were in the background behind the speaker as the pro-lifers. Of course we have no idea what he was saying!!!???
Lisa, Beth Ann & Friend 11-1
Once again, I am so thankful for those who came to join us in praying on the sidewalk today. Thank you to Beth Ann, Angi, Matt, Ken, Bob, and Nancy. What a blessing to know you all. One positive situation occurred when a couple took information before they went into PP. Within just a few short minutes they were OUT. Thank God!
Carolyn & Cecelia 1-3
Praise God for no rain during our shift. It’s easier to hand out material when we aren’t holding an umbrella. We were greeted very generously when we arrived by two men maybe in their 30s. The one man gave us a donation. When his friend saw what we were doing he also gave a donation. Our prayer warriors prayed three rosaries and the chaplet of Divine Mercy. We were blessed to have two priests with us. They are devoted and faithful to the cause of life making weekly trips to Pittsburgh. A mid-aged woman yelled for me to keep my religion to myself. I said that you don’t need to be religious to know that abortion is wrong. At that time some young girls were getting out of a car and yelled that “abortion is murder.” It’s encouraging that our young adults know this truth. It was great to have Pastors John and Linda all the way from Somerset. They come every year. It doesn’t matter what faith background, we are all in this fight for life together.
Pete & Mary 3-5
Fr. Brennan stayed on from an earlier shift and later we were joined by Fr. Sweeney from St. Matthew Parish, and Dave from Beaver Falls. We handed out some info to passersby and flowers to a little girl who wanted to buy our fetal models! One older woman went into PP, presumably to make a donation, then came out and yelled that we should THANK Planned Parenthood for what they do! When I told her we’d never thank anyone for destroying innocent lives she yelled some more and told us to mind our own business; our “business” is giving help and hope to women and their babies. Some encouraging comments from passersby and fewer snarky remarks.
Larry & CMF Volunteers 5-7
We prayed the rosary and the chaplet of divine mercy. We were visited by three young adults, claiming to be pro-choice and one claiming she had an abortion because she was raped. They pretty much spoke to Ed, although I don’t think there was much meaningful conversation held, because they were joined by Joel, who was a homeless man, obviously inebriated, who stayed with us for about an hour. He wasn’t talking much that made sense.