18 Oct A Great Deal of Harm (2 Tm 4:14) by Kevin McNicholas
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.” ~ 2 Tm 4:14 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: How many people have done each of us “a great deal of harm?” How many of us have done others “a great deal of harm?” I suppose we could just sit back and allow ourselves to be hurt, but St. Paul goes on here to detail a plan of action to continue spreading the Gospel, and does not wallow in the harm that Alexander the coppersmith did to him. St. Paul also realizes that God does repay others according to their deeds, and perhaps more frighteningly, repays each of us according to our deeds! That is a less pleasant thought when we realize that we will be judged the same way as those who have done us wrong. When we are tempted to say or do something hurtful to others, pray for the strength to do the right thing and make God proud!
* Kevin works at an Alternative Education program serving three counties in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have a 10 month old miracle named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) to love, and have been blessed during the 7 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide.
Faith Challenge: Identify a person in your life who you have wronged, or who you are having an exceptionally hard time forgiving, and pray for them especially today. If possible, reach out and apologize.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Luke
Faith Quote: “Lord Jesus, I am sorry for my sins, I renounce satan and all his works, And I give you my life. I accept you whom I’ve just received in communion. I now receive and accept you as my personal Lord and my personal Savior, and as we just prayed, fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Amen.” ~ Prayer for Personal Forgiveness
Through Christ our Lord,