14 May Psalm 113:7 (sustained in love)
Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2009
Let’s welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
From the dunghill [the Lord] lifts up the poor…
Psalm 113:7 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “Think of the most miserable moment in your life. Being on the dunghill feels like this kind of utter defeat or desolation. In the gospel today, Jesus urges, “Remain in my love” (John 15:9). The gospel encourages us to never give up believing we are held in the heart of God. We remain in this love and are sustained until the time comes for us to move off the dunghill of our troubles.” by Sr. Joyce Rupp
Rich’s comments: I have heard a few testimonies from family and friends of the moment when they found Jesus, and a common theme seems to be that they were at their worst; near the point of self-destruction. Sometimes people need to feel utter defeat or desolation to realize that following their own selfish will apart from God’s will was not bringing them closer to happiness and love. It is at these moments when we can finally set our pride aside like the prodigal son and come home to our Father.
Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: When times are really bad, do not lose hope. Have faith and depend on God.
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images
)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife
Truth (John 14:6
) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16
) and setting the unborn free!
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Jason Peters (son JP), Kathy Castle (Michael Moon hand infection), Carla Neal (Harold Heard, Jamie, Joyce & all of you), Pat, Angi
, & 4 cadets (safe trip to China and back)
Feast Day: Saint Matthias was the apostle chosen by the remaining eleven apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas’s betrayal of Jesus and his suicide (Acts 1:18-26).
Faith Quote: “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” by Mother Teresa
Through Christ our Lord,
Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn
’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’* Fasting:
Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).* Defend the unborn:
‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer
1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).* Evangelization:
Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization
of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!