16 Feb These 40k of Lent (Mt 6:8) by Jimmy Mack
“Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” ~ Mt 6:8 (full readings)
Jimmy’s Reflections: For those of us who are into American football, the Super Bowl is over; and the “Combines” begin a week from today. The football Combines serve as a gathering place for professional teams in the USA to send their coaches and scouts to watch college football athletes show their skills in various events before the football draft during springtime. One such event is the 40 yard dash (that’s 36.58 meters for our team mates in other countries). We (including me) may brag about our 40 yard dash time. Yet do we apply this same sprint to our prayer life: to Our Father (who art in Heaven). As a child my father instructed me to lead the family in the grace before meals (just as in the Suggested Prayers list near the end of this devotion). I didn’t like it; so I sprinted through the prayer as a football athlete. When my life for Jesus made a pivot at age 15, one area I had to build my endurance was the grace before meals; and my prayer life from a 40 yard dash to a 40K life. Though the race is long, the Lord is present: whether your race today starts from Carson City; or from Taft heading south; or entering Seven Valleys Pennsylvania on your way to Maryland; or from the suburbs of San Antonio running north; or from your breakfast table, or from your office desk; or from your dirty clothes bin. We have blessed assurance.
* Jimmy Mack is a Project Manager at a company in Missouri. He and his wife Peggy have six children. He is involved with the Daughters of St. Paul and loves Contemporary Christian Music. He remembers well Saint Louis only victory in Super Bowl #34 in 2000 and encourages his sons to run to build their football passion. He is a member of St. Louis LIFE Runners Chapter.
Faith Challenge: As our LIFE Runners creed states, keep your eyes fixed on the Lord in your activities today. Let us be thankful for Grandparents.
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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.
Feast Day: St. Daniel
Faith Quote: “Thank you Jesus!” ~ Kurt Warner, Quarterback in Super Bowl #34; and Most Valuable Player (personal statement made to the crowd at the end of this game).
All In Christ For Pro-Life,