Sirach 4:11-13 (“Got it?”)

23 Feb Sirach 4:11-13 (“Got it?”)

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“Wisdom breathes life into her children and admonishes those who seek her. He who loves her loves life; those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.” Sirach 4:11-13 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: I recently saw a wisdom-filled short video called “Get Service.” The video shows a man getting upset with the shortcomings of others (his enemies for the day) until someone gives him special glasses to see everyone’s crosses. This changed his perspective and drew him closer to Jesus’ message to love our enemies. The video ended with “Got it?” As our enemies force us to wait (too slow in line, driving under the speed limit, etc), let’s use this time to wait upon the Lord, hearing Christ say to us (Matt 5:41), “Should anyone force you into service for one mile, go with them for two miles.” Although loving our enemies is unique to Christianity, loving life from conception (illegal abortion) isn’t unique to Christianity (World Abortion Law Map). Let’s go the extra mile in our efforts for ProLife! LIFE Runners Going the Extra Mile (updates).
* Our 7 yr old daughter Grace saw today’s devotion image as a small Facebook profile picture and said, “what is she holding?” I said, “a baby.” She said, “a baby what?” I expanded the picture, and she said, “oh, I see now!” As demonstrated in tomorrow’s devotion, many don’t really believe that a baby human being is in the womb…until they see the baby with ultrasound.
Faith Challenge: As spiritual service, whenever someone sneezes, say “God bless you!” If someone blesses you, say “God bless you too!” Imagine if we could see the crosses of those walking into the abortion chambers. Let’s “Get Service” and bless them by taking time to be LIFE Sidewalkers, especially during the upcoming national 40 Days for Life sidewalk prayer rally (9 Mar to 17 Apr).
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
* Pro-life leaders mourn passing of pro-life great Dr. Bernard Nathanson: “Nathanson, who was personally responsible for tens of thousands of abortions, famously converted to the pro-life cause in the 1970s after he saw an unborn baby on ultrasound recoil from a vacuum abortion device. Dr. Nathanson is a testament to God’s grace; that any heart can be transformed into a beacon of love and truth.”
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
* Prayer to Defund Planned Parenthood
Feast Day: St. Polycarp
Faith Quote: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.” ~ President Ronald Reagan
In God We Trust,
* 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.

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