Mission Devotional - January 3, 2017

Opening Prayer: Fill us with wonder, O God, as the gift of your Divine Son is revealed to us more and more each day. Allow his life to continue to grow within us, that we might become more and more like him each day. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 2:39-52

Journal: How are you seeing Jesus in a new way these days? How is his life growing within you? How is that filling you with wonder?

Reflection: O Divine One, you came into our world in the form of a newly emerged child, fresh and fragile as all of us at our birthing. You came as a beloved one filled with the radiance of eternal Light. As you grew in humanness, your life and teachings revealed the vast goodness of your inner being. We now carry your loving Spirit of radiance within us. We can easily miss the gift in the press of our activities and our clouded, inner vision. Skim away the inattentiveness of our minds and the crusts of unloving on our hearts. As we celebrate the wonder of your birth, help us discern your concealed presence in each part of our own life. - Joyce Rupp

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth returned to the Ukraine last year to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray today for Eric and Beth and their family as they all grieve the loss of Beth's father Jim Franks in November.

Family Promise of Knoxville serves families that come into their program "situationally" homeless - something has happened in their lives (job loss, medical conditions, financial problems, or other tough circumstances) to cause them to be homeless. It is not a choice they have made consciously or easily. This organization has created an interfaith network involving 16 "host" congregations and 26 "support" congregations. Pray for the homeless families that Family Promise will reach this month.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the gift of your Son. During these last days of Christmas, may we be attentive and alert to the life that gift is birthing within and among us. And may it fill our hearts with wonder and gratitude. Amen.