August 30 Devotional
Opening Prayer: God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I may perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. - The Cloud of the Unknowing
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
Journal: What has had a transforming impact on your will these days? How?
Reflection: To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do - to grit you teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst - is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from. (The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Michael and Diana Johnson serve with People International. As International Director, Michael provides broad vision and leadership for the mission. Pray today for a continuing relief effort by People International to those who are seeking safety from Islamic militants in the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq.
FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food and also distributes the food once per month. CSPC members Keith and Shelley Percic are the CSPC contacts for this ministry. Pray today about how you and your family can help with FISH. To see photos from July’s “Come, Serve With Us” project that involved work at FISH, go to http://cspc.net/opportunities-to-serve.
Closing Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)