May 11 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O God of Jacob, thank you that once you get your hands on us, you will not let us go until you have accomplished your purposes in us. Help us to not let go until we have wrestled away the blessing that you are dying to give us. Thank you that you care enough for us to wrestle with us; to wrestle the old name we have lived by away, and to give us a brand new name, a new identity, as your Beloved. Amen.

Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32

Journal: What part of this encounter with God speaks most deeply to you right now? In what ways are you wrestling with God these days? What do you think is God’s intent in that? How does he long to change you? How might a limp be a part of that?

Reflection:

the limp

i walk with a limp
a true thing of beauty
that came about
when you took me to the ground
wrestling and struggling
when you tore me to pieces
that you might make me whole

thank you
for loving me
too much to allow me
to continue to live by a false name
to continue to be someone
other than the one
you created me to be

that you would care enough
to wound me
your beloved
that i might live truly
and become my truest self
makes this limp
a true thing of beauty
a living reminder
of your great affection

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill’s gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for Paul’s & Grace’s son, Drew, and his family as they return to Stellenbosch, South Africa to minister with Senai Global, a non-profit connecting people with purpose

CSPC member Clayton Wood is the director of Thrive Lonsdale. This organization challenges inner-city youth with the love of Jesus Christ to serve others and reconcile by creatively meeting their spiritual, educational, and recreational needs through Bible study, tutoring, mentoring and outings. Pray today for all of the students being reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer: O God, up until this day I have been known as Heel Grabber, Deceiver, and have lived my life in just that way. That was before you got your hands on me. That was before you wrestled my old name away and gave me a brand new one - Israel. And as I slowly limp away from this place, Peniel, I will forever remember what happened to me here. For, from this day forward, my life will never be the same. Thank you for that. Amen.