05 Jan Mark 6:50 (“Imagine all the people”)
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” Mark 6:50 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: This verse is an inspirational ProLife charge for the New Year. Just before the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s “Imagine” peace song was played…calling us to “imagine there’s no Heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky.” Christ gave us the most powerful image of peace (love your enemies)…but with heaven/hell because of God’s gift of freedom to choose. Peace is destroyed by choosing selfishness (“living for today” instead of eternity), with the most extreme example being abortion (pro-choice). Sadly, someone “living for today” murdered John Lennon. Isn’t it amazing how God’s grace allows holy people to maintain peace even when others choose to hurt them (love your enemies)? As followers of Christ, we sing out these lyrics as a peace prayer for the world…”I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one.” Imagine…
* Today’s devotion image is an ultrasound picture with this caption: “The most dangerous place in the whole world.” “Imagine all the people” who have lost their precious lives to abortion…more American abortion deaths in 2010 year (1,200,000) than all combat casualties in American wars combined (700,000).
* Check out the LIFE Runners team update (join us?). Here is a recent article about the KC Ultrasound Initiative (Living Proof)…the 2008 LIFE Runners helped raise funds for one of these 70 ultrasound machines.
Faith Challenge: As a New Year’s resolution inspired by the awesome song Go Light Your World, please “hold out your candle” by sharing the LIFE Group devotions…you never know who is starving for the Truth. Your others can subscribe to the devotions on the website, and you can “invite people to join” (left column) on our Facebook page.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
* Commitment from Everyone Is Needed to Achieve Peace
* Scalia: Abortion not in the Constitution: The 5th Amendment protects “life, liberty” and the Declaration of Independence secures our “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). View, add, update Prayers on our website. Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. John Neumann (American saint)
Faith Quote: “Abortion has become the greatest destroyer of peace.” ~ Mother Teresa (Univ of San Diego, 1 Jun 1988)
Through Christ Our Lord,
* 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.