LIFE Runners Devotions

09 May Silent Scream (Acts 8:32) by Alton Pelowski

Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. ~ Acts 8:32 . Reflection:  Jesus Christ, who suffered in silence for our sake, radically united himself to the lost and abandoned, and...

Read More

25 Apr More Than Loose Change (Acts 3:7) by Pastor Steve

Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. ~ Acts 3:7 . Reflections:  Many of us are talented.  We can do stuff.  We can make charts complete, we can balance the financial statement, we can fix the car, we can...

Read More

18 Apr Our Comfort Zone (Jn 21:1,4) by Paul Westendorf

Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples.  When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. ~ Jn 21:1,4 . Reflection:  These verses describe the period of time following Jesus' death.  Peter and the disciples were discouraged...

Read More

11 Apr Change us (Jn 8:31) by Ed Heigl

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, 'If you remain in My word, you will truly be My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' ~ Jn 8:31 . Reflection:  I lost my one and only older sister to abortion.  My...

Read More

04 Apr [FIRST WED] Run to Emmaus (Lk 24:15-16) by Mike Rackers

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.  But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. ~ Lk 24:15-16 . Reflection:  The story of the Walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite Bible passages.  Jesus walking with two of His disciples, incognito.  How do...

Read More

21 Mar [5 days!] Sign of the Cross (Jn 4:54) by Dr. Rich Reich

Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea. ~ Jn 4:54  Reflection:  The Gospel of John records seven signs (or miracles) "to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that through this faith you may have...

Read More

07 Mar [FIRST WED] Heaven is a Team effort (Mt 21:43) by Dr. Pat

"Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." ~ Mt 21:43 . Reflection: Heaven is a Team effort, and LIFE Runners are "a people that will produce its fruit."  A cross...

Read More

28 Feb Poverty of Spirit (Mk 9:37) by Greg Robeson

Whoever receives one child such as this in My name, receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but the One who sent Me. ~ Mk 9:37 . Reflection:  There are many aspects of being childlike that Jesus emphasizes throughout the Gospel, such as innocence, trust, simplicity, and dependence on another....

Read More

21 Feb Billboards for Life (Mk 8:12) by Dr. Rich Reich

He sighed from the depth of His spirit and said, 'Why does this generation seek a sign?' ~ Mk 8:12  Reflection:  In today's consumerism culture, many people are seeking signs; specifically commercial signs.  People are walking billboards as they take pride showing off their brand name clothes.  Companies...

Read More

14 Feb Relay Kickoff, Ash Wed, Love (Gen 2:7) by Sr. Francelle

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. ~ Gen 2:7 . Reflection: I look forward to the season of Lent because I know so many are going...

Read More

07 Feb [First Wed today!] Relay Kickoff next Wed!

First Wednesday!  Wear your bold blue "REMEMBER The Unborn - Jer 1:5" jersey as a public witness today!  Log your jersey time and miles on our new LIFE Runners App, win prizes, download free at your App store. . Our biggest event of the year, A-Cross America...

Read More

31 Jan Shine! (Mt 5:16) by Dana Cody

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that  they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ~ Mt 5:16  . Reflection:  Our culture is similar to that of Jerusalem when the city was infiltrated by evil.  Nehemiah was able to restore Jerusalem...

Read More

24 Jan Walk for Life! (Mk 4:8) by Dr. Pat Castle

And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. ~ Mk 4:8 . Reflection:  LIFE Runners plant seeds of Truth with our "REMEMBER The Unborn - Jer 1:5" jersey message wherever we go.  We water those seeds with love, compassion, service, and prayer.  God causes growth when our...

Read More

10 Jan Harder Than It Sounds (1 Jn 4:20) by Fr. Andrew Dickinson

If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. ~ 1 John 4:20 . Reflections:   We live in a romantic world that makes love...

Read More

03 Jan [FIRST WED] Relish the Wonder (1 Jn 4:10) by Diane Overmann

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins. ~ 1 Jn 4:10 . Reflection:  Merry 9th day of Christmas and blessed New Year!  Yes, most decorations are down, gifts have been exchanged,...

Read More

27 Dec The Manger (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Lk 2:7 . Reflection:   Though the word "chaotic" may be too strong to describe the circumstances of the Lord’s Birth, disorganized and messy seem to...

Read More

20 Dec Sights and Sounds (Is 40:30-31) by Diane Overmann

Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. ~ Is 40:30-31 . Reflection:  Which view would Isaiah call us to...

Read More

13 Dec Do you believe in Santa? (Mt 7:14) by Pat Castle

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. ~ Mt 7:24 . Reflection:  St. Nicholas, the real Santa Claus, gave to the needy and children.  Do you believe that we carry on for...

Read More

06 Dec [First Wed!] Peace Be With You (Ps 122:8) by Rich Reich

For the sake of my brothers and friends I say, 'Peace be with you.' ~ Psalms 122:8 . Reflection:   Jesus often greeted His disciples with the saying, "Peace be with you"; however, Jesus would have spoken to His disciples in Hebrew saying, "Shalom".  Shalom is a wish for an...

Read More

23 Nov Life-saving Thanksgiving! (Lk 17:19) by Pat Castle

...realizing he had been healed, [he] returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you." ~ Lk 17:15-16, 19 . Reflection: Happy Thanksgiving!  The Samaritan's faith led him to...

Read More

15 Nov Blessed are They (Mt 5:6,11-12) by Allan Parker

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.  Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be...

Read More

08 Nov Discipleship (Lk 6:13) by Dr. Rich Reich

When day came, He called His disciples to Himself, and from them He chose Twelve, whom He also named apostles. ~ Lk 6:13  Reflection:   Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus by putting our faith into action.  As disciples of Christ, we share in...

Read More

01 Nov [First Wed!] All Saints’ Day (Rv 7:14) by Kevin McNicholas

These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb. ~ Rv 7:14  . Reflection: Anybody think maybe we are in the time of great distress right now? Revelation doesn't...

Read More

25 Oct If God is for Us (Rom 8:31) by Stephanie Kemp

If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Rom 8:31 . Reflection:  Over the last 34 years of my own pro-life commitment, I have been reminded over and over of this when I question.  Is what I'm doing really making any difference?  Why not just...

Read More

18 Oct Dark to Light (Rom 6:16) by Molly McDonald

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? ~ Rom 6:16 . Reflection:   This verse struck me hard.  Every...

Read More

11 Oct Vulnerable (Rom 6:13-14) by Kathy Forck

Present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness.  For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. ~ Rom...

Read More

04 Oct First Wednesday! Redemptive (Ps 130:7) by Jeff Grabosky

Challenge:  First Wednesday!  Wear your "REMEMBER The Unborn - Jer 1:5" jersey sometime today as a public witness in unity with our 6,127 LIFE Runner teammates around the world, All In Christ for Pro-Life!  Post photos with #RememberTheUnborn and share at liferunners.org/photos.  . With the Lord there...

Read More

27 Sep Harden Not Your Hearts (Ps 95:7-8) by Tonchi Weaver

Oh that today you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. ~ Ps 95:7-8 . Reflection:  This reminds me of all the years I hardened my heart to the truth about abortion.  But God's Law is written on our hearts, and the seeds of...

Read More

20 Sep Compassion (Lk 7:38-39) by Sara Beaner

She stood at his feet weeping and began to bathe His feet with her tears.  Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.  When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this he said to himself, 'If this man...

Read More

13 Sep First baby photo (Gen 15:2) by coach Pat

O Lord God, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless. ~ Gen 15:2 . Reflection: Today's image is an initial human cell (zygote) at conception, somebody's first baby photo! While studying embryology at the 2011 Vita Institute, I was taken by how the zygote...

Read More

06 Sep Miracles (Lk 4:24)

And he said, 'Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.'  ~ Lk 4:24 . Reflection:  We are always searching for the incredible, for something outside of ourselves. In today’s verse, the Galileans were blind to see that one of their...

Read More

23 Aug People in Our Lives (Ru 1:16)

But Ruth said, "Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!  For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God." ~ Ru 1:16 . Reflection:  This verse from Ruth is a favorite...

Read More

16 Aug That We May Not Offend (Mt 17:27)

But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook,  and take the first fish that comes up.  Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax.  Give that to them for me and for...

Read More

09 Aug Losing One’s Life (Mt 16:25)

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. ~ Mt 16:25 . Reflection:  We are all called to lay down our entire lives for the salvation of souls and the Glory of God.  We who...

Read More

02 Aug Be like the Apostles (Mt 13:57)

A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house. ~ Mt. 13:57  . Reflection: In Baptism we began a life of supernatural participation in the life of Jesus - and with it, His role of prophet.  Sometimes we fare well when...

Read More

26 Jul Worker or Disciple (Lk 10:39)

She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. ~ Lk 10:39 .. Reflection:   I can really relate to Martha in the Gospel today, because of my really strong work ethic.  Sometimes I find myself so focused at the...

Read More

19 Jul Give Life (Mt 20:28)

The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. ~ Mt 20:28  . Reflection:  When the mother of James and John asked that Jesus sit them at his left and right sides in his...

Read More

12 Jul Serpents and Doves (Mt 10:16)

Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. ~ Mt 10:16 . Reflection:  This passage is well-known among Christians and it represents solid guidance to help us navigate the modern world in which we...

Read More

28 Jun In Service of the Gospel (2 Cor 9:6)

The more you sow, the more you reap. ~ 2 Cor 9:6 . Reflections: Putting oneself in the service of the Gospel is the charge that Christ gives all the baptized. This is especially true in regard to our responsibility for the protection of human life. Because every...

Read More

21 Jun Ravenous Wolves (Mt 7:15)

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. ~ Mt 7:15 . Reflection: In this age of the culture of death, women in a crisis pregnancy situation are lured by the “false prophets” who come to them in sheep’s...

Read More

14 Jun Armor of God (Eph 6:13)

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. ~ Eph 6:13 . Reflection: It’s no secret that we live in a world that is drowning in sin and the hearts...

Read More

07 Jun Be Happy (Mt 5:2)

He began to teach them. ~ Mt 5:2  . Reflection:  Each of the Beatitudes begins with the word "blessed", which can be interpreted to mean "happy".  In the Beatitudes, Jesus promises happiness and blessedness.  The media today uses our desires for happiness to lure us into materialism and...

Read More

30 May Giving God Your All (Mk 10:17)

As he was setting out on a journey, a  man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' ~ Mk 10:17 . Reflection:  The majority of the U.S. is against abortion.  So why then is abortion legal?  It may...

Read More

24 May Love and Fidelity (Mk 10:8-9)

They are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. ~ Mk 10:8-9 . Reflection: In a very real sense, the culture of death has only been able to arise because the culture of love – of marital...

Read More

17 May Love God’s Law (Ps 119:165)

Those who love your law have great peace, and for them there is no stumbling block.  ~ Ps 119:165 . Reflection: We live in an age when most people in the Western world embrace moral relativism. Along with the denial of universal moral truths comes the denial of...

Read More

10 May Consecrated in Truth (Jn 17:18-19)

As you have sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.  And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. ~ Jn 17:18-19 . Reflection: Despite the obstacles we face in our spiritual and physical journey on this earth, today’s reading...

Read More

03 May Ask in Faith (Mk 10:51)

Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to him, 'Master, I want to see.' ~ Mk 10:51 . Reflection: What faith the blind man had in Christ to bless, heal & redeem him!  Quite often,...

Read More

26 Apr Uncomplicated (Mk 15:16)

He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." ~ Mark 15:16 . Reflection: How do you answer the call of Jesus to “proclaim the gospel to every creature”?  The example we set may be the only “Bible” some might ever read.  Do...

Read More

19 Apr JOY!! (Ps 66:2)

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of his name; proclaim his glorious praise. ~ Ps 66:2 . Reflections:  Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise. Say to God, "How tremendous are Your deeds!" We are well into...

Read More