December 19 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales

Scripture Reading for the Day: John 1:4-13

Reading for Reflection: I’ve been thinking a lot about darkness and light the past few days. In fact, I have been becoming more keenly aware of the darkness that lives within me. Most often it takes the form of fear, insecurity, anxiety and depression. It can take me quickly right down into the pit of despair and it is so deep at times that it actually seems like a part of my DNA. In fact, when it takes hold of me it seems almost impossible to be able to overcome its grip, much less consider the possibility of being free of it completely. That can leave me in a very dark and helpless place. I think that’s one of the reasons I like Advent so much, because it’s a season of hope. Advent promises that it is actually into the midst of my darkness that the light will come. I do not have to eliminate the darkness within me - which would seem an impossible task anyway—all I have to do is simply wait and watch for the coming of the Light. He will come, and when he does the darkness will not be able to overcome Him. So shine on me, O Light. Come into my darkness and illumine my night with your life and love and peace. Come, O Light of God! Come, Lord Jesus!

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Martyn and Elissa live in a Creative Access country as “Tent Makers.” Martyn’s work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for their young family as they build relationships with their neighbors and Martyn’s coworkers.

The CSPC Adoption Ministry is a group of individuals and families who have a heart for adoption and foster care and for providing support for other individuals and families starting or going through the adoption/foster care process. Pray today for couples who need the support of other adoptive parents to be reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer:
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart