24 Oct Much Will Be Required (Lk 12:48) by Kathy Forck
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” ~ Lk 12:48 (full readings)
Kathy’s Reflections: The ninth 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil is half way over at Columbia Planned Parenthood in Missouri. In Romans 6:12-18, we hear “but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace.” This is so true as those witnessing against abortion use their bodies “as weapons for righteousness” and thus make themselves vulnerable to abortion mill workers and bystanders. Four years ago, when we began this prayer vigil in the hopes that even one baby might be spared and one mother saved from a life of regret, an estimated 800 babies were dying behind the doors of an ugly beige building. We saw the parking lot full day after day and many passersby did not even know that babies were aborted in this place on Providence Road in Columbia. Four years have passed and we still have no idea when this place will close its doors for good, but St. Luke tells us to ” … be prepared for an hour we do not expect when the Son of Man will come.” As I look back over the past four years, I realize with so much thankfulness and joy that Jesus has come and He has ended the legal and immoral death of babies at this particular place. Seven abortionists have quit since the prayer vigils began, the last one leaving sixteen months ago on June 28, 2012. We see God’s miracles as we saw one out of three babies saved from death by mothers choosing life at the last minute during the period February through June 2012. We saw God’s community rally together each time they were called to stand for Life and we saw what our Mighty God can do! “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” God has given us much in Columbia and we must give much and more to this cause for life…
* Kathy Forck and her husband, Mike, are the Campaign Directors of the 40 Days for Life in Columbia, Mo. They have four children and seven grandchildren, the newest expected in May 2014. They live in New Bloomfield, Mo.
Faith Challenge: It is easy for us to think it is hopeless to stop the murder of babies in this country. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers lost each day. Our God has given us the grace to do “something”. That something has brought about a change in Columbia that many never thought possible. What can you do to bring about change, to save babies? We have seen that the physical prayer presence in front of abortion facilities is working, it is saving babies. If you are physically able, can you go to the place where the little ones are dying? Can you give them the only love that they may experience? Can you be with them as they leave this world? I pray that you say, “Yes.”
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
* Offer up all of your works, joys and sorrows this day. At bedtime, think of what you could have done better.
Feast Day: Saint Anthony Claret.
Faith Quote: “For me, prayer is an upward rising of the heart, it’s a simple glance toward heaven, it’s a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trials as much as in the midst of joys. In short, it’s something big, something great, something supernatural that expands my heart and unites me to Jesus.” ~ St Therese of Lisieux
Through Christ Our Lord,
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