April 8 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Your blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of the bread: Open the eyes of our faith, we pray, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)

Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

Journal: Where will the risen Christ walk alongside with you today? How will you recognize him? What will it do in you?

Reflection

an isolated beach at daybreak
a locked room full of fearful men
a lonely road with two weary travelers
of all the places you could’ve chosen
that’s where you chose to show up

small, obscure, remote, intimate
n some ways hidden
in some ways unrecognizable
except by the ones that were yearning deeply
who were paying extra careful attention
those with eyes to see you
and hearts to recognize you
even if you were in disguise

what does this tell me about you?
about your heart, about your spirit, about your ways
does it mean that i should look for you in places such as these?
does it mean that i should gravitate toward places such as these?
does it tell me i should pursue people such as these?
does it tell me i should pursue a life such as this?

could it be that resurrection is a very subtle thing?
so unassuming that it can easily go unnoticed?

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

F. & S. are working alongside Arab believers toward the goal of seeing churches planted for those who do not have a church. Their main focus is to work with, mobilize, resource and train nationals for this purpose. Pray today for F. as he seeks to know who God wants them to work with in the region. There are a number of opportunities. Pray for discernment in shared vision and how best to use the internet-based teaching materials to serve the church.

Gospel Wave Media is a satellite and Internet ministry that produces, records and broadcasts Christian television programs to Central Asia. Pray today for Shohrat and his team as they share the truth of the gospel with Muslims.

Closing Prayer: O God, who by your One and only Son has overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life; grant, we pray, that those who have been redeemed by his passion may rejoice in his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. - Gelasian Sacramentary