To the Woman who danced in front of Planned Parenthood, Thank You.

To the Woman who danced in front of Planned Parenthood, Thank You.

Once a week, as a team, we head to the local Planned Parenthood. We devote time to praying just outside their door. We’ve been there several times now since our time in San Francisco, praying for the women who enter, the men who accompany them, the babies whose lives are lost, and the employees who work there. It’s always been a quiet experience, we go, we pray, we leave with heavy hearts, and then we do it all again the following week. This time was different though. This time we were met with much opposition. In particular, a woman who strategically placed herself between us and the front door. She was a thin middle-aged woman riding her bike when she nonchalantly stopped in front of us, placed her bike on a nearby street sign, adjusted her headphones to make sure they were tight around her ears, then began dancing. Exuberantly.

She danced from one end of our line to the other, making her way up and down the sidewalk.  At times she even sang loudly. Thus she stayed, for a good 20 minutes. She pumped her fist and swung her hips only breaking pattern to place more space between us and the women walking in and out. To this woman, I say thank you.

Thank you for being brave enough to stand up for what you believe in.  Even though I disagree with you, I admire your courage. You taught me a valuable lesson. You made me realize that too often we question what others think rather than listening to that internal whisper of Christ calling us to be His hands and His feet. Or we create excuses why we can’t give our time to those in need. Too often we pass by an opportunity to show mercy or to serve. Too often our own hesitations get in the way of Christ’s call to greater love of neighbor. You made me realize I need to be more bold, more willing, more loving. That Christian means being a follower of Christ, and Christ Himself laid down his life. How can we claim to be His followers if we are not willing to do the same? If we are not willing to put others’ needs before our own? If we are not challenging ourselves to greater love?

So, to women who danced in front of Planned Parenthood, even though I disagree with you, thank you. I hope that one day you will use that same carefree pizazz to help women in a more authentic, truly loving way. I pray that one day, you will use that same fervor to stand for life.

Amanda Miller
Amanda Miller
Amanda Miller is a 2014 graduate of Franciscan University where she received her BA in Philosophy. She grew up in Southern California where she devoted most of her time to her studies, friends/family, and one of her favorite hobbies; dancing. While attending Franciscan Amanda grew in her love of Christ and discovered her passion for Theology of the Body and all related topics. When Amanda first encountered the Culture Project she had little knowledge of their mission but dutifully followed the faint whisper of Christ's call to apply. As she began to learn more about the Culture Project she realized that it's mission embodied her passion; "It's everything I love and desire to proclaim, it's a mission I can wholeheartedly stand behind."