Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Snippets from the Sidewalk - 40 Days for Life Spring 2013



Snippets from the Sidewalk

40 Days for Life is going strong in Wilmington and Dover right now, from Feb. 13 and to Mar. 24. One baby has been saved already in Dover! One life – a whole world!

In Wilmington, 6-10 stalwarts come out every day-- rain, snow or frigid wind. We feel a camaraderie that comes from shared prayer and shivering. We are in constant conversation with the women and men who pass by. We also speak quite a bit to Planned Parenthood of Delaware's own clients. Our interactions are all over the map:

•“God bless you.”  “Keep up the good work.”  “I believe in what you are doing.”   The comments from the cars and passers-by have been uniformly positive so far this campaign. We don’t know how long the positive streak will last, but it’s great to be thus far spared the ugly words and anger that sometimes come our way.

•“Say a prayer for me.”  One gentleman shouted this from across the street. Another prayed with us right there on the sidewalk, disclosing a difficulty in his family life from an abortion done years ago. He wept. A different man spoke of his homelessness and his desire to find work. We keep resource information for the homeless, the jobless, and the hungry right there with our info on pregnancy help. It came in handy here.


“Are you the 40 Days for Life people?” The unexpected newcomer is always a treat. This campaign’s “newbies” include a woman who found healing herself during the Fall 40 DFL campaign and a pro-lifer who moved recently to Delaware and is involved with Delaware House of Prayer, a ministry to bring denominations together for a revival of faith in our state.


Fridays are surgical abortions days at PP, and Saturdays seem to be busy with overflow business of the same. The good news is that those of you who work during the week are stopping by in greater numbers. Thank you! We hope you are as blessed to be there as we are to have you. Come on down if you haven’t yet!

•We are still looking for songs and hymns that are easy to sing.  40 Days needs an anthem! Want to write one? I might just look at some music that is in the public domain and create some lyrics to go with it. We love to sing “Amazing Grace” but need some good voices.

•The rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet are the go-to prayers for our Catholic vigilers, and so far most participants are comfortable with those classic modes of formal prayer. Informal prayer is offered also, but we’d love to see more non-Catholic sisters and brothers on the sidewalk. You excel at such spontaneous prayer.

•We witnessed a woman being taken out of Planned Parenthood on a stretcher and sent by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital. This is the third such event we have seen since 2010. Just how safe IS abortion? We need researchers to compare estimates of medical emergencies at abortion clinics vs. other health care clinics. Care to help? The recent tragic death of a mother undergoing a late-term abortion on a 35-week gestational baby in Maryland strikes close to home. You can see what our 40 DFL vigilers witnessed a few days ago, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FOUt-LfTCw

Friday is just two days from now. We will be on the sidewalks praying from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. We’d love to see you there!

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