April 19 Devotional

Opening Prayer: My God and Father, Lord of the dance, allow me to see this day and this moment for what it really is - an invitation to dance the dance of life and faith with the One who made me. May I dance this day with joy and passion, knowing that there will never be another one just like it. In the name of Jesus I Pray. Amen.

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:1-14

Journal: What is causing your spirit to dance these days?

Reflection: The cosmic dance of the universe is perhaps best articulated in the last three paragraphs of New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton’s most popular and best-loved book. The basic image is a favorite of the mystics, the image of God as bridegroom dancing with his bride, that is, all of creation, at a wedding feast. How often we’ve seen at a wedding reception the bridegroom with an enormous smile and tender love sweep his bride into his arms and out onto the dance floor; then the other couples follow. So also our cosmic God of creation. He is so deeply in love with his whole creation, especially us his rational creation, that he is engaged in a joyous dance daily with us, the work of his hands. This dance is going on all the time around us and in us, in every breath we draw and in every heartbeat. To live fully then is to tap into this reality that lies below the surface of things and to touch this rich river of joy and love that is being poured out into this world. (A Traveler toward the Dawn by John Eagan)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Manuel and Annabella Valverde are involved in church planting and leadership training in Guatemala. Dr. Valverde started the Francisco Lacueva Theological Seminary (STFL) in 2012 and they now have 14 students. Pray today for the students in the seminary and the churches where they serve.

Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM) is an outreach ministry directed by Dr. Jill Lagerberg. It uses the talents of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and handbell ringers. They minister primarily to prisons and the inner city. They perform up to 10 concerts each year, telling stories of God’s unfailing mercy and providence through fully integrated music dramas. Pray today for Jill and the members of KnoxCAM. You can see this year’s production at CSPC on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Closing Prayer: Dance with me, O Lover of my soul, to the Song of all songs. Romance me, O Lover of my soul, to the Song of all songs. Behold You have come over the hills upon the mountain. To me You will run, my Beloved, You’ve captured my heart. (Dance with Me by Paul Wilbur)