February 21 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: O God. We give ourselves over to your care, trusting only in your infinite mercy and love. We will continue to give thanks to you, O Lord, for all that we have and all that we are. We will rest assured in the knowledge that when we cry to you in sadness or in joy you will hear our cry and make reply. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John Mogabgab)

Scripture Reading for the Day: Psalm 126:1-6

Reading for Reflection: “Tears hollow out places in the heart,” wrote Gibran, “where joy can grow.” To be emptied is to create a place that can be filled. “They that sow in tears…” says the psalmist, and which of us has no tears to sow? (Living Prayer by Robert Benson)

So much is distilled in our tears, not the least of which is wisdom in living life. From my own tears I have learned that if you follow your tears, you will find your heart. If you find your heart, you will find what is dear to God. And if you find what is dear to God, you will find the answer to how you should live your life. (Windows of the Soul by Ken Gire)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn of the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

M. is living in an area in Southeast Asia where the Tai Lue, an unreached people group, live. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for God’s help in raising up local leaders with the vision of initiating a movement of rapidly reproducing Tai Lue churches.

The mission of Compassion Coalition is to inform, prepare, and unite churches to transform lives and communities through the love of Christ. They strive to walk alongside Knoxville-area churches who earnestly desire to slow down and respond to the cry of the suffering, the broken, and the abandoned within their congregations and out in the community. Pray today for the work of this ministry in Knoxville. Executive Director Grant Standefer will be our guest at this year’s Global Mission Conference. Be sure to meet him and ask how you can pray for this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Help me O God,

Give me the courage to cry.
Help me to understand that tears bring
freshly washed colors arching across the soul,
colors that wouldn’t be there apart from the rain.
Help me to see in the prism of my tears,
something of the secret of who I am.

Give me the courage
not only to see what those tears are revealing
but to follow where they are leading.
And help me to see
that where they are leading me is home.
(Windows of the Soul by Ken Gire)