A local sidewalk counselor in Providence, RI had been frustrated with the ambiguity of some women coming and going -- she couldn't figure out if they had changed their minds or not. Feeling a little deflated, she asked God for some confirmation. Out of the blue, a cab driver drove up to her and provided just that:
"I've been seeing you people out here for a few years. Sometimes there's just one. I don't like that, when one of you is left alone. Or when there's no one. But anyway, you made me think. I asked myself why anyone would come out in the rain, the snow, the heat, the night, the morning...Even alone.
Even when people were mean to you. I figured what you were doing MEANT something big. Why else would you do it? I thought and I thought, and then I realized there wasn't much to think about. What you do, standing and praying and holding that sign, (Before I formed you in the womb I knew you), standing no matter what...that is enough. It speaks for itself. That's the message. It's true.
So when my daughter called from down South to tell me she was pregnant, I thought of you. And I never said 'abortion' to her. I just helped. Now I'm the grandfather of a two-year old. That baby is so important. No matter what.
And recently I got another phone call, from my younger daughter. She has lots of difficulties and worries. Illness, financial problems, abandonment, everything. She told me she was pregnant. I thought of you people. Again, I knew. I didn't say 'abortion'. She's 7 weeks pregnant. She's going to make it. We'll work it out.
So, just so you know? YOU HAVE AN IMPACT. Don't ever think it's for nothing. We see you, we think about what you're doing and why, and look what happens. It's a good thing, what you do."
"Forty Days for Life" is almost over, but perhaps you could offer a Lenten sacrifice and provide the witness that doesn't go unnoticed. You may never know the tremendous impact you make.