Everyday, I receive email from people on the "front line" in the defense of marriage. I appreciate hearing about your experiences and updates on your progress.
I received a message yesterday from a person who is working with Faith and Freedom, circulating petitions.
I thought you might enjoy reading it as much as I did. Every encounter while collecting signatures, positive or negative is important. It tells a story. It defines a time, a conviction and a belief.
Here is this person's story in their own words:
While I was collecting signatures for the petitions to protect marriage in WA, I met a courageous mom. After a couple hours of collecting signatures, I was parched and tired from talking so I sat the petitions on a table then proceeded to pour myself a drink of water. I heard a woman behind me ask if the sheets were the marriage petitions. Upon turning around, I saw a woman with a baby in a front pack carrier. She told me that she had decided earlier not to sign them because of the harassment that she witnessed in California over Proposition 8 which provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Then with a moment of hesitation she said that she felt like she had to sign them. So with her son hanging upside down in his carrier and quite unaware what his mom was doing, she signed them both and thanked me for what I was doing. I thanked her for signing and she walked away. The whole exchange happened so quickly that it took me a few minutes to realize what I had witnessed, courage.
If you have had an interesting or meaningful experience while gathering signatures please let me know, so we can share it with others who are out in the public square doing the same.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.
Thank you for your support of Faith and Freedom at this time.