Daniel 3:37 (We Are Reduced)

13 Mar Daniel 3:37 (We Are Reduced)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). LeadersGuest Authors.

“For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation, brought low everywhere in the world this day because of our sins.” ~ 
Daniel 3:37 (full readings)
Rob’s Reflections:  In 1776, the Declaration of Independence stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  It took 87 years and the deadliest war in U.S. history before that statement was made even theoretically true through the Emancipation Proclamation.  Despite the U.S. lifting up the torch of freedom for the entire world in 1776, almost every country in the western world would abolish slavery before the U.S. would grant freedom and the Right to Life to black American slaves.  Embarrassingly, the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold the denial of these fundamental human rights of freedom, life and liberty.  Other nations were able to peacefully see their way out of the vileness of slavery, but it would cost the U.S. over 600,000 lives before the errors of the Constitution and Supreme Court were corrected.  It can be reasonably argued that at the conclusion of the Civil War, the U.S. was, as Azariah says above, truly “reduced” and “brought low…because of our sins.”  How much more reduced and brought low is the U.S. now after 39 years of legalized abortion and a death toll that is 90 TIMES the death toll of the Civil War?  It took the U.S. 87 years, the shame of the free world, the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of American lives, AND the total commitment of a dedicated group of abolitionists before the evil of slavery was ended.
Faith Challenge:  Although the above reflection may darken your thoughts and “bring you low,” don’t give in!  Commit yourself to what Azariah says later in this same passage:  “So let our sacrifice be in your presence today as we follow you unreservedly; for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. And now we follow you with our whole heart…”
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, AFA, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed & Patron Saint. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Saint Leander of Seville.

Faith Quote: “If that form of government, that system of social order – if those laws of the Southern States, by virtue of which slavery exists there, and is what is it, are not wrong – nothing is wrong.” ~ Leonard Bacon, from “Slavery Discussed in Occasional Essays from 1833 to 1846.”
Through Christ Our Lord,
Mark 9:24

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.


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