Mission Devotional - February 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: I beg of You, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from You, and You from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of Your sight, Your control, Your reprehension; of Your speech and conversation, of Your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing You, hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching You; fearing and being mindful of You; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing You; being conscious of Your presence and, as far as may be, enjoying You. This is what I ask for myself and earnestly desire from You. - Peter Faber

Scripture: Ephesians 4:15

Journal: What does it mean for you to grow up in all things into him? Where is that growth most needed in you? How will you begin to move in that direction?

Reflection:

a big ball of yarn
knotted and snarled
looped and tangled
a big mess
this old self of mine

is it possible
to untangle this jumble
o you
who knit and wove me?

and what will it take?
time and space
room to loosen
and undo the knots
patience and perseverance
it is slow work
this unknotting

only your strong
and tender hands
can turn me
from mess
to masterpiece
once again

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Dori Pittman currently serve as area directors for United World Mission's Latin America region. Paul is also project coordinator of UWM's Cuba Partnership Project. Pray today for Paul as he was recently diagnosed with a herniated disk in his lower back. He has a condition called spondilolisthesis and is looking for adequate treatment.

Knox County CAC is a public agency serving the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. Cedar Springs is partnering with CAC Homeward Bound Emergency Transitional Housing Project (ETH). The program helps specific groups find housing: (1) Families with children that cannot find shelter space, (2) Seniors that cannot get into shelter or who are too frail for existing shelter, (3) Individuals with an already established housing plan. Pray today for the staff of CAC as they seek to find housing for these individuals.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, staying a mess is not an option in this life with you; you call us to - and desire for us - so much more than that. Your desire is that we grow up in all things into you. Give us the strength and the conviction and the courage to not settle for being a mess when you have called us to become - once again - your masterpiece. Through the power of your Spirit at work within us. Amen.