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What if your blessings come through raindrops?

July 17, 2011

The number of blessings, life changing experiences, and good laugh sessions this summer have been countless. Sure there are times when living in close quarters gets hard, and stress levels rise. But those things that challenge us are the ones that change and affect us the most and often in the best ways. And sometimes those blessings and realizations along the way come in the most unexpected ways.

Yesterday we prayed outside of a Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unlike the location of other clinics we have been at which were mostly on busy street corners, this one was tucked away into a calmer, more peaceful area. We could hear ourselves praying the rosary aloud, and the escorts on the other side of the parking lot could most likely hear us as well.  If it weren’t for their presence, it would be hard to remember the evil that was occurring right inside the building. As we joined a few others who were already praying I noticed artwork on the street. Drawn in chalk was a very simple display of love: a cross and a heart. How beautiful, how powerful, how perfect. A heart and cross to remind each and every person driving into the clinic that there is someone who loves them endlessly, someone who loves their unborn child endlessly, a reminder that they are not alone.

Midway through our first rosary one of the escorts walked over towards our group with a jug of water. The sun was out and it was a warm day, and initially I was shocked, was he going to be so kind as to offer those on the “other side of the fence” some water? But he stopped walking when he reached the chalk drawing and poured the gallon of water right on the beautiful display of love. The water washed away the cross and heart and dripped along the slope of the pavement just as the tears dripped down my face. It all became so real then. That small act of removing the simple artwork paralleled what was happening behind the doors of that very building. That escort tried to wash away, destroy, remove something that was a symbol of love, something that was inconvenient and annoying to him. Likewise women entered that very clinic carrying something that is the most precious symbol of God’s love, new life, but they view it instead as something that is in the way, something that they don’t want to face or deal with. And abortion “washes away” the “annoyance” just as the water washed away the chalk.

But as we continued to pray, the water dried. And remnants of the cross and heart revealed themselves. By the time we were leaving there were several sticks of chalk being passed around and pro-life graffiti soon adorned the street surrounding the clinic. God’s love prevailed once again. God gave us this small chalk wars victory at the perfect time. As we are nearing the last few weeks of the walk it is easy to forget at times exactly why we are walking. But God gave us hope today. Hope that one day all the prayers and all the sacrifices will lead to an end of all the evil and hurt that abortion brings. It is now so clear that I am not walking for myself, no one is. And most importantly no one is walking alone. Every single person that has been praying for us, every single person that has given us a dollar for food, every single person that has given an enthusiastic wave as they drive past in their car, every host family, every single priest we’ve encountered, they are all walking alongside us. They are the ones who allow us to run those last few miles of the shift after we are sure that we cannot go another step. And as crazy as it seems, every woman and even every man that walks into an abortion clinic is walking with us. As much as we would like to think we are walking for them, every scared woman who is looking for someone to turn to is walking with us every step of the way, simply because God knows the deepest desires of her heart. We are all one in the Mystical Body of Christ and as she cries out for help, we walk together.

Thank you all for the endless amount of prayers and support!

God bless,

Amy Ostrowski
Northern Walk 2011

Crossroads was here!Northern Walkers praying outside of Planned Parenthood

Me next to one of our pro-life chalk messages.Crossroads was here!Northern Walkers praying outside Planned Parenthood

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Colleen Pasnik permalink
    July 17, 2011 10:19 am

    Hi Walkers,

    Colleen from Dubuque County (Iowa) Right to Life here. Someone who was at the potluck with you saw this prayer and wanted to send it to you. May God bless you and Mother Mary protect you!

    _____________________________________________________________

    MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.

    I do not see the road ahead of me.
    I cannot know for certain where it will end.

    Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
    And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

    I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
    And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

    I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

    – Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”

  2. Host Family for Northern Walkers in Philly permalink
    July 18, 2011 8:29 am

    We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~ Mother Teresa

  3. kathy Voelker permalink
    July 18, 2011 10:27 am

    What a beautiful entry!! God bless all of you and we are all praying for you!
    Emma’s family

  4. July 19, 2011 1:33 am

    Dear Crossroads people, just to let you know as i was driving up to P.P.H., in Ann Arbor, when you where there, i saw the sad face of a women driving away, everyone has a consciences & you brought it to the surface for her. If abortion will not end in my generation i feel like it will in yours. God loves what you are doing. For He travel from town to town spreading the good news. i have been praying for you, please, please do the same for me. i am the one who gave you the picture of the Holy Spirit in Ann Arbor & the chalk . May God bless you very very much ! ! !

  5. Joe Lipa permalink
    July 19, 2011 3:14 pm

    Greetings from Students for Life at the University of Michigan!

    It was great to see your group at the clinic on Saturday. It was wonderful to hear you all praying the rosary and chaplet as we attempted to pass out literature and engage those walking into the clinic. We were very touched and encouraged by your presence, and it was great to be able to talk briefly (and take a picture!) with some of you as you were heading out. Your dedication to the pro-life movement and willingness to suffer for Christ and the Gospel is truly inspiring.

    God bless you all! You’ll certainly be in our prayers as you complete the last leg of your journey.

    –Joe, Jeff, and Elise

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