April 6 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Your most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory but first he was crucified: Grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)

Scripture: John 20:16-18

Journal: What are you clinging to these days that you need to let go of?

Reflection:

a longing 
for genuine transformation
will always lead us 
to death’s door
again and again

what a crazy design
we must die 
in order to be raised
paschal mystery 

the old 
must be 
out of the way
to make space
for the new 
to take shape
within us

one cannot truly begin
without the other ending
release comes
before receive

after all
it is difficult 
to receive the new
when our hands are still
so full of the old
and why is dying
such a necessary part
of this process 

maybe because
without dying 
there can be 
no resurrection

and resurrection 
is really the point
being raised, that is, 
not raising ourselves
being raised

by the giver of life
breathing his breath
into our deadness
and bringing us
to life once again
in a new form
that is not new
at all 
to him

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

Pete and Ruth Mitchell are church planters in Marseille under the auspices of Mission to the World (MTW) and in collaboration with the Eglise Réformée Evangélique de France (French Reformed Evangelical Church). Pete’s role is that of team leader. The Mitchells have recently moved to Toulouse to plant a new church. They ask that you pray today for a MTW mission team retreat April 16-19 to be held near Marseille. Pray that they will build solid relationships with their new team mates.

The focus of Global Golf (formerly WPGF) is to serve women at all levels of competitive golf - professional tour players, college athletes, coaches and club pros - and introduce them to Jesus Christ through long-term relationships built around golf. Evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are Global Golf’s primary purposes. Pray for director Cris Stevens and the women that she will have opportunities to connect with on the pro tour.    

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to cling not to the old patterns and old ways of being and seeing that I have become so used to and adept at, but help me to be made new each day, living your resurrected life, with your resurrection power. In the name of the resurrected One - Jesus. Amen.