Almost 15 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, when most gals were planning what they might wear on their date that night, I was standing in the rain with my roommate, holding a homemade protest sign. We sang, prayed the Rosary and laughed at the weird looks passersby gave us from the dry warmth of their cars. The grassy, empty lot behind us looks harmless enough.
Little did we know – little did ANY of us know – what would come from that.
The darkness and the light.
The hearts altered forever.
They eventually built a building on that lot, an abortion center called Planned Parenthood.
Out of all this grew two beloved organizations, the Coalition for Life and 40 Days for Life. Years later, a certain brave young woman watched an abortion procedure in that building for the first time and walked out. And like all the women who had walked through those same doors before, God had a plan for her. And she listened. The Planned Parenthood Director, Abby Johnson.
Tomorrow morning will come and it will be another Saturday morning (but this one not so cold). I’ll be out there again, standing in that same grass. But instead of a 23 year old girl, I’m now 37. And that field behind us is no longer empty and anonymous. Oh no, it holds a history all it’s own, probably never to be forgotten in this town, or maybe even around the world. That ground holds a story all its own. It is the faithfulness of God.
Yes, I’m a radical anti-abortion chick. That’s me. Some would say, at least. But I’m really not all that radical. And I’m not really anti-anything. I want what we all want, deep in our souls: Love and goodness, to fight for the small ones, to struggle through hardships toward something better. But I was not, and am still not, willing for small lives to be ended as an answer to anything.
And now, in this town at least, that won’t happen any more.
Tomorrow, I, along with numerous other close friends and heroes, will celebrate the closure of Planned Parenthood. The monolith. The Goliath. Toppled by a little stone thrown by many hands.
I invite you to join us with your physical presence if you can, or online, if that works better for you. Here is the website where the event will be live-streamed tomorrow AM, starting at 9:45: www.breakthrough090713.com
It will also be on the radio, live at KEDC 88.5 FM.
I’ll be speaking for a few minutes, along with many others. People will be coming in from all over the country, and watching from all over the world. I hope you might be one of them!
(I’ll also be on the radio today between 11 and noon, with Jim Sedlak, one of my favorite people on the planet.)
All I have to say is this - you’ll never regret working and praying for good. So go do it.
“Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.” ― N.D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire