Job 3:11,16 (“if not you, who?”)

29 Sep Job 3:11,16 (“if not you, who?”)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (archive, Facebook).

Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth, like babes that have never seen the light? Job 3:11,16 (full readings)

Pat’s Reflections:
* May today’s Scripture challenge us to embrace God’s gift of Life…and inspire us to be courageous/sacrificial in defending Life. Two nights ago I read Dr. Allen Unruh’s amazing Alpha Center story (filled with God sightings). In the early years, he writes about his wife Leslee no longer wanting to lead the crisis pregnancy center (tired/discouraged)…but then, “The next morning she walked out the back yard, and one beautiful rose was blooming. The rose happens to be the pro-life symbol. It was like God saying to her, “If not you, who? If not now, when?”” Last week I received a card with that same quote…hello, God. For a marathon of years (26), Leslee has faithfully led the Alpha Center in saving babies (and parents)….and this year our LIFE Runners (marathoners) teamed up with the Alpha Center. Coincidence?, I think not!
* Today’s devotion picture is Jason Peters giving thanks to God after finishing the Sioux Falls Marathon (12 Sep) with his son JP and the LIFE Runners. In the late stages of a marathon, when offering up pain as a prayer for the Unborn, the song Sweetly Broken resonates with LIFE Runners…”to the cross I look and to the cross I cling, of it’s suffering I do drink, of it’s work I do sing…On it my Savior both bruised and crushed, showed that God is love and God is just.” This deep song will quickly center you on Christ.

Faith Challenge: “If not you, who? If not now, when?” Support your local Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday (3 Oct): background and locations. Stephanie Kemp shared: “Dear ProLife Ambassador, instead of a long-winded Life Chain reminder, I am forwarding this short video Abortion – the cruel Murder [very graphic]. It says all there is to say about why we need to fall on our knees and pray to end abortion. It will make you weep…for all His little ones who are lost to the god of choice in our culture today.”

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP), Rich Reich (cousin Tom cancer), Helene Couchon (Molly Barber’s health).
* Leslee/Allen Unruh (grandbaby Pierce’s brain surgery Friday)

Feast Day: Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.

Faith Quote: “We are not placed on this earth to see through each other….but to see each other through”…pregnancy, addiction, injury/illness, forgiveness, finish lines, etc. What else? Thanks to Sue Peters for sharing the quote (author unknown).

Through Christ for ProLife,
Phil 4:13

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