05 Apr Grace (Acts 4:3) by Shane Kapler
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“They laid hands on Peter and John and put them in custody until the next day.” ~ Acts 4:3 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: Many in the Pro-Life movement have shared Peter and John’s experience of being taken into police custody because of their witness to Jesus and His teachings. I personally have never been in that position and, to be honest, feel anxious when I think about it. “What would be the ramifications? What would my employer do if he found out that I was (wrongfully) arrested for witnessing before an abortion clinic – would I be fired?” We need to ask God, every single day, for the grace to pay whatever price is asked of us. Grace – the power of the Holy Spirit – changed Peter from a man too frightened to acknowledge Jesus before a servant girl (Lk.22:56) into a mighty shepherd willing to go to jail rather than cease proclaiming Jesus’ power to heal and save. Grace, only the grace of God, can make us able to bear our share of Jesus’ Cross.
* 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: Visit the website of your local Pro-Life group and find out when you can next join other believers praying before an abortion clinic.
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. Vincent Ferrer
Faith Quote: “Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.” ~ Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis)
Through Christ our Lord,