26 Oct Eyes-Wide-Open (Luke 12:56) by Steve Castle
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” ~ Luke 12:56 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: While on a Pro-Life pilgrimage to St. Louis as part of the National LIFE Runners Team this past weekend, I had the opportunity to reflect on my journey of faith. In particular my journey towards being Pro-Life. It is interesting to note that my conversion and Pro-Life ideology were not one in the same. As a young Christian I still believed in the exceptions clauses for abortion (rape, incest, and life of the mother). I remember feeling sorry for women who found themselves in such dire circumstances, and it just seemed merciful to me to allow for an abortion. It wasn’t until the courage of a young woman turned my heart and mind toward LIFE. I remember asking her point blank – “Would you keep your child if you found yourself in any of those circumstances?” Her reply was loving and full of conviction, “I would not kill my baby just because I had been wronged or to save my own life.” I was immediately convicted by her words. I’m proud to say that I married that young woman a few short years later. My wife Tina is still turning hearts and minds towards LIFE. This past weekend we were part of a team of 252 LIFE Runners in St. Louis who prayed, raised funds, and ran (photos)…All In Christ for Pro-Life! Like Jesus in today’s Gospel who questions the eyes-shut approach of His people, I now wonder how anyone could not see the mountain of evidence and choose life. Thanks to the courageous testimony of one person, I am now eyes-wide-open and Pro-Life.
* Steve Castle serves on the LIFE Group board and is a regular Friday devotion author. Him and his wife Tina lead the Fergus Falls MN LIFE Runners Chapter and attend to their number one ministry; their four children. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Take courage! With eyes-wide-open share your pro-life testimony with others today. It could change a life (or two).
Sr. Francelle’s Devotions: Saints (24 July 2009)
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. Evaristus, Pope and Martyr (d. 108)
Faith Quote: “My friends, we can not be neutral or remain as mere spectators. Every crime against life is an attack on Peace. Let’s respect and defend life and we will have peace.” ~ Bishop Nicola De Angelus
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.
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