Day 31…Thanks to St. Matthew Parish, Faithful Team Members & Volunteers!

FORGIVENESS…

Every time I pray in front of PP, I know I’m going to struggle with forgiveness when I see women (sometimes mothers and daughters) go inside and come out with the telltale brown paper bag.

I find it somewhat easy to forgive them with my head, but it’s not easy at all to forgive them with my heart, which is what Jesus asks us to do.  Why is it difficult?   Because  I’m thinking about the tiny, innocent, life in her womb, a little one that will never see the light of day.  A life created in the image of God.

But Jesus teaches us to forgive others as we would like to be forgiven. “And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.” Mark 11:25.  No sin is too great for Him to forgive.    

“But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours”  Matthew 6:15

And it’s so easy to judge others.  The Bible teaches us not to do it.  “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”  John 8:7

 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37.  

As we pray on the sidewalk, let us resist the temptation to judge and do what Jesus commands- “A new commandment I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also must love one another.”  John 13:34    

Let’s envelop the women entering the doors of PP with love, compassion, and forgiveness.

–Chris

I believe 4 abortion-minded women went in (though 1 left after 20-30 minutes without the pill bag so it might not have been for abortion), no luck with any of them today. Some decent conversations with random other people from the sidewalk who we let know about the information in case they know anyone struggling. Almost starting to miss some of the openly hostile people, at least they acknowledged your existence and didn’t treat you as a ghost.

Ethan

It was a fairly average morning shift.  Maybe 1 couple per 15 minutes.  Glynn started my morning off by saying, ” Greg! You can’t do that!” I said “what?”  He then explained that I couldn’t take the signs through the bubble.  I protested a little bit, and said, “Glynn, why are we Eve arguing about this? I was transporting, not protesting.”  Of course he didn’t agree.  I really liked the Friday guard, Rich.  Good guy and took his job seriously, but not on a macho ego trip.  👍👍 2 thumbs up.  The first couple that went in did stop and listen for at least a minute before a worker walking in took them in with her. The young man, very silent, took a couple cards.  The rest including one young woman holding her stomach all hurried in. A guy from the Order of Hibernians thanked us a he has in the past on a Friday morning.  A big wind came through and blew over the briefcase of cards and metals and such.  I think it was the breath of Satan.

Greg

Thanks to Sidewalk Advocate Kim, sign-carrying Randy, and Larry, holding Our Lady of Guadalupe image.

Several clients entered pp this morning.  A few accepted resources brochure.  A brief, civil conversation about natural family planning versus contraception occurred between me and exiting client who gladly accepted resources brochure.

Larry, Kim,  and I offered prayers for ending abortion.   We received some positive looks and comments from passersby and only 2-3 negative comments.

A police car arrived during my second hour to address the screaming woman opposite the street from where we were standing.  Incident ended peacefully. 

Kathy

It was a sad shift, because lots of victims went through those dreadful Death Doors, and no one accepted our offers of help.  However, there were some who accepted literature after exiting, which always gives us a glimmer of hope that mom and dad are still considering what to do — or have even chosen Life but are shy about talking with us strangers.  Judy was faithful about informing exiters about the website, ABORTION PILL REVERSAL.COM, where doctors and nurses will give free help to any mother who took the first deadly pill BUT IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS. (Even if an exiter doesn’t accept literature, it’s a good idea to call out this potentially life-saving information in a friendly, clear voice: AbortionPillReversal.com.)

There was also at least one young passer-by who showed interest in the pre-natal baby models and accepted a Green Brochure from Katie, so we know that our time out there was NOT spent in vain!  Judy was wonderful about engaging in a positive, persuasive  way with everybody (of all ages & attitudes!)  who came anywhere remotely near the death mill!  As my dear, sainted father used to say, we’re  never going to stop this holocaust if we don’t TALK about it with the people who disagree with us!!  My dad was surely smiling down on Judy and Katie today.

Elsie

Another day with faithful prayer warriors. I thank God for them. More positive than negative comments. We even heard someone yelling from across the street; keep up the good work! One strange comment came from a man pushing a baby in a stroller and holding a toddler’s hand, “come on let’s get out of here this is weird”. Instead of saying: “this is how little you were in your mommy’s belly and God created you and knows you by name”.

We stand at the death camp praying, believing and knowing God will stop this in His perfect timing.

Although with some passersby; if looks could kill we would be dead.

It’s hard to believe so many are deceived and believing the lies. Lord praying for blinders and veils to be removed so they can see the truth clearly. God only you can change hearts and minds and we pray that you will do that for ALL who believe the LIE that abortion is healthcare. When in fact healthcare preserves, protects and provides LIFE SAVING measures.

Donna

It was just Pat, Mike and Val for the final shift today. Thanks to these dedicated, selfless team members!

Shift Anchors Mike and Pat (with Val taking pic), and our guard in the background…keeping us safe!

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