November 17, 2023
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
My Life Is Not My Own
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.
Luke 17:33

Christians must begin with this conviction: My life does not belong to me. It has been ransomed by the one who saved me. It follows, then, that I must live not for myself but for him. And he makes it clear that to live for him is to live for—that is to serve—others.

So my life belongs to the poor in my community. It belongs to the outcast I want to avoid. It belongs to my wife and children. It belongs to the Church. It belongs to the sick. It belongs to the homeless.

In serving them and giving my life for them, I follow the example of Christ. When I fail to serve them, I turn my back on the one to whom I belong, losing myself…and my life.

Lord, take my life for your purposes so that, in order to find myself, I must follow you

- Jonathan F. Sullivan

Wisdom 13:1-9 • Psalm 19:2-5 • Luke 17:26-37


November 17, 2023 at 08:47 PM

i give my life to Jesus because before Jesus in my life I was nothing but darkness I love You Jesus Amen Amen Amen

November 17, 2023 at 12:05 PM

*** I relate to Paul's dilemma said in Philippians 1:21-23, "For me, life finds all its meaning in Christ. Death also has its benefits. Suppose I go on living in my body. Then I will be able to carry on my work. It will bear a lot of fruit. But what should I choose? I don’t know! I can’t decide between the two. I long to leave this world and be with Christ. That is better by far!" *** Yes, Jonathan, "My life does not belong to me. It has been ransomed by the one who saved me" in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you, and you have received the Spirit from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God." *** I look forward to the day of Christ returning in Luke 17:34-35, "I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed. One person will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken and the other left.” I will not be left behind :-) ******* To be left behind is to think of the people who were left behind duirng the flood of Noah's days! To be left behind is to think of Lot's wife and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot's days! *** Are you ready for Jesus to come back? *** Do you have oil in your lamp? *** Ask the Holy Spirit what this means in John 6:27-29, "Do not work for food that spoils. Work for food that lasts forever. That is the food the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father has put His seal of approval on Him.” Then they (the crowd) asked Him, “What does God want from us? What works does He want us to do?” Jesus answered, “God’s work is to believe in the One He has sent.” ******* It is so simple and yet most people make it so complicated...just believe in Jesus!!!! He is the Bread of Life - only Jesus can give eternal life!!! Amen!

November 17, 2023 at 11:07 AM

Take my life and let it be by Reawaken Hymns

November 17, 2023 at 09:49 AM


November 17, 2023 at 09:44 AM


November 17, 2023 at 08:33 AM

I read about the sadnesses in our lives. Then I think of the lyrics to REM’s song: “Everybody Hurts”. We are not alone, as demonstrated by this community’s prayers.

November 17, 2023 at 08:19 AM

Prayers Needed Please. Today I will have an opportunity for some long overdue one on one time with my adult son. He has been going through very difficult times. His mistakes have cost him his marriage and put him in a very unhealthy relationship with another woman. He experiences horrible things at work, (he is a cop). He drinks too much and I am very concerned about his mental health. I pray that I will have the right words to help him return to his faith, and get the help he needs to stop drinking. Please pray for him, his children, his ex-wife, and all the people who influence his decisions daily.

Bill L.
November 17, 2023 at 05:04 PM

One of the best things you can do EN is to be a good listener. We have the prayers for you and your son covered. I agree that there should be a place in his department he can go to for just this situation. Perhaps you can accompany him. You will be in my prayers this evening. Bill

November 17, 2023 at 11:25 AM

Yes, Jesus loves your son, EN ✝️ Jesus Loves Me *** Your son is looking for love and affirmation in all the wrong places :-) *** Romans 8:35-39, "Who can separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or hard times or harm or hunger? Can nakedness or danger or war? It is written, “Because of You, we face death all day long. We are considered as sheep to be killed.” (Psalm 44:22) No! In all these things we are more than winners! We owe it all to Christ, Who has loved us. I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God’s love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can separate us. Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can separate us. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done." *** 1 John 4:7-12, "Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become a child of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Here is how God showed His love among us. He sent His One and only Son into the world. He sent Him so we could receive life through Him. Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that He loved us and sent His Son to give His life to pay for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us!" ******** EN, I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and to give you wisdom in every word, every attitude, every hug and every tear to show your son how much Jesus loves him! And that Jesus is to draw and to bring His prodigal home to Himself!!! Amen! May be he will go see a priest and talk it all out???

Kathy J
November 17, 2023 at 09:45 AM

Prayers for you and your son…for him to hear your words, be touched & loved and finally, be healed❤️

November 17, 2023 at 09:33 AM

EN I am praying for you and your son and his family. Being a law enforcement officer is not a great job. Too many unpleasant situations and people. Most departments have mental health assistance. Using them is sometimes difficult and unpleasant. One on one with loving caring mother is supportive and super. I agree with others, the holy spirit will be there with you. EN know that I am praying right now. Ken

November 17, 2023 at 09:31 AM

Dear EN, Praying for you and your son and his family. God willing, the Holy Spirit will allow him to open up to you and he knows you’re his Mom and you love him with all your heart. Big step for both of you today.

November 17, 2023 at 09:26 AM

God be with you and your son. Thank you for being present to your son. May your son lean on the comfort you give and open himself to healing from God his Father.

November 17, 2023 at 08:49 AM

Trusting the Holy Spirit to provide not only the encouraging words your son needs to hear…but to fill you with His unconditional, nonjudgmental, loving spirit! Praying for your son’s healing…

November 17, 2023 at 08:24 AM

Praying that the Lord will be with you to guide your conversation with your son. May God bless you and your son!

November 17, 2023 at 08:08 AM


November 17, 2023 at 07:55 AM

Vicky G I want you to know I read your comments to my friend Terry who is going through recovering from knee surgery. She gas been upset that she can't go and do what she did before her knee replacement. She was very moved with your testimony. You touched her and me and I know the living faith family. Thank you. Jane enjoy your trip and keep writing. Ken

November 17, 2023 at 05:46 AM

Amen...thank you life belongs to you Lord....enjoy your well deserved trip safe

November 17, 2023 at 07:13 AM

Pray for Doris who is in hospice. Prayers for Israel , the hostages the families in Ireal that killed

November 17, 2023 at 05:23 AM

Jonathon, I just love this. May God continue to guide us from being self-serving to serving others. Writing to you from the Heathrow airport! Due to a late departure, we missed our connecting flight to Budapest and will be leaving later this afternoon. Had a great trip across the pond and relaxing in the lounge. Continued prayers for Dwayne, Cass, Betsy, Paula, Stephanie, Carl, Maryanne, Beth’s family, Vincent, and all those needing a boost today. Amen.

November 17, 2023 at 05:07 AM

Lord, please watch over and protect the hospitals and the humanitarian corridors being established in Gaza. Hear our continued prayers for those in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

November 17, 2023 at 05:32 AM


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