August 11 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Dear Jesus, Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your Spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and so be in us that every soul we come I contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only You. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Amen. (The Daily Prayer of Mother Teresa)

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

Journal: Where do you see the least of these around you? What are you doing to be Jesus to them? Because in some mysterious way, what we do to them, we do to Jesus.

Reflection: The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action. 

  And that action is our wholehearted and free service

    - the gift to the poorest of the poor -

  to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor. 

    If we pray the work...

       if we do it to Jesus

       if we do it for Jesus

       if we do it with Jesus...

    that’s what makes us content

  That is why I feel the Missionaries of Charity are real contemplatives in the heart of the world

      I do this because I believe I am doing it for Jesus.

      I am very sure that this is his work

      I am very sure.

      I am very sure that it is he and not me.

(Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

R. and G. are serving at a sanitorium for chest diseases and a children’s home, focusing on bringing holistic healthcare to the semi-nomadic people of an area in the Middle East. R. is a dentist and G. is a teacher and artist. Pray today for God’s movement among R. & G. and their patients as they love them and share the gospel with them.

Bridges International serves the needs of international students adjusting to living and studying at the University of Tennessee. Pray today for the international students on campus that they may understand the love of Jesus as they prepare for the fall semester. Pray also for new international students who are on the UT campus for the first time that they can be reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, we confess: our lifestyles are too busy, our focus self-centered, and our world is consumed with fear, greed, and pride. Sometimes, Lord, we react to the pains of others with a flippant “who cares?” Yet, in our more receptive times, when Your Voice calls to our innermost beings, we know with absolute certainty two things we desperately need: To be loved…and to love. Hear us, Lord, grateful, thankful to experience occasional breakthrough moments of unconditional love. Be with those whose hearts are broken, demoralized by life’s blows; those who mirror to us that unfairness and suffering is not lightened by pat answers or avoidance, but is made bearable because of fellow travelers who truly do care, and show it. Walk with us, God. Our trek is not always easy, our vision shortsighted, our love often hidden. May we seek the deeper places where our compassion, our joy reflect You, the God who is Love.

Amen. - Virgil Fry