25 Oct Division and Disagreement (Lk 12:52) by Shane Kapler
Welcome God nowwith this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three.” ~ Lk 12:52 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: I have no doubt that your commitment to ending abortion has led to you having disagreements with friends, and possibly even family members. Such disagreements are painful, but in this present world inevitable. When you talk about abortion try to be as clear-headed and factual as possible, not returning “personal” attacks in kind. Remind yourself of the need to pray for those who do not recognize abortion for the evil it is. Look for opportunities to perform a kindness for those who disagree with you; love has a way of opening lines of communication.
* Shane Kapler is the author of “The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center” and co-author of “Tending the Temple”. He works as a speech therapist in St. Louis, but his favorite “job” is being a Dad. Visit www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: Brainstorm something kind you can do for the last person you had a disagreement with. It can be something as small as an email saying, “I was just thinking of you.”
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Antonio de Sant’Anna Galvao.
Faith Quote: “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” ~ Rom 5:8
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will and 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 (and families): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and 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 and re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.