31 Aug Psalm 52:11 (truly thanking God) by Kevin McNicholas
“I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your Name before Your faithful ones. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.” ~ Psalm 52:11 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: This is a favorite verse of mine. It makes me think about whether I am truly thanking God, or just asking Him to grant me one more request. I don’t know that we can ever thank God enough for everything He has blessed us with, and our lives ought to speak louder than our words. God put us on earth to glorify Him and to “proclaim the goodness of Your Name before Your faithful ones.” This is our biggest challenge: to proclaim the goodness of His Name not only before the faithful, but especially before the unfaithful. An individual who doesn’t know or accept God is missing the very essence of life. I may be the only Christian that this person ever meets. What does my life say about my relationship with God?
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Faith Challenge: How can we proclaim the goodness of God’s Name at home? What about at work? With our friends? Pray for an opportunity to be a light to the world today and everyday!
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
Faith Quote: “Do not be afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” ~ Blessed John Paul II
* 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 (22% 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.