May 28 Devotional

Opening Prayer: You, O Christ, are my wealth. All those things I thought I couldn’t live without “dissolve” in a glance from you. They are nothing when considered in the larger light of your intimate presence. How difficult it has been to come to this moment! The moment of letting go! I, who have learned so well to hoard, grasp, clutch, and control! Now I want only to be grasped by you. All my possessions are empty when they become obstacles to my union with you. O Glance of God, prepare my heart for the Great Surrender. Enable me to surrender my ego self so that I may put on Christ. Then I will begin enjoying heaven on earth. Amen. (Abide by Macrina Wiederkehr)

Scripture:  John 21:15-19

Journal: Do you truly love me more than these?

Reflection: I don’t know Who - or what - put the question. I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone - or Something - and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life in self-surrender, had a goal. (Markings by Dag Hammarskjold)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J. and C. are working in a Creative Access country for World Outreach. J. is developing an entry platform using sustainable technologies that will provide income and economic development among the people they are ministering to. Pray today for wisdom and that J’s time in the U.S. would be effective in getting funds raised for the next phase of the project or possibly the hatchery build itself.

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.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, you know everything; you know that I love you. Help me to love you more and more. Amen.