03 Dec Swords into Plowshares (Isaiah 2:4) by Dr. Rich Reich
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“He shall judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” ~ Isaiah 2:4 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: The selected quote from Isaiah speaks about tools of destruction (swords and spears) being transformed into tools of fruitfulness (plowshares and pruning hooks). This made me think about the many stories of people who have worked for the abortion mills (tools of destruction) who quit being pro-abortion after witnessing its destructiveness. In their conversion they became tools of fruitfulness, supporting the pro-life movement in saving and not destroying families. These conversions required the person to do two things: forsake sin and open themselves to love. Lord, I pray that those who are involved in the abortion industry have a conversion. That they become fully aware of sin and the destructive nature of abortion, and that they open themselves to Your love. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Pray for those who are adamantly supporting the abortion mills that they may have a true conversion and become supporters of LIFE.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Francis Xavier
Faith Quote: “The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.” ~ Billy Graham
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 (images) is #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). Mt 28:19.
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