Mission Devotional - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity, I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine

Scripture: John 21:15-19

Journal: Do you love him more than these? What is your these? How is he asking you to follow him these days?

Reflection: The resurrected Jesus gets right to the point. He asks us the very same question he asked Simon Peter: "Do you love me more than these?" It is the question of the entire spiritual life. Do we love him more than these? Do we love him more than our families? Do we love him more than our friends? Do we love him more than our careers? Do we love him more than our very selves? For until we love him, above and before all else, we cannot possibly do the work he has given us to do - feed his lambs. For if we do not love Jesus first and foremost, we cannot possibly feed his lambs, we can only feed on his lambs.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

We support a family that is serving at a sanatorium for chest diseases, focusing on bringing holistic healing for body and soul to the semi-nomadic people of the area by providing high quality healthcare for them. Our supported worker serves in the Mobile Dental Clinic that was donated to the Annoor Sanatorium to further the outreach and care to Bedouin in remote areas. The clinic is a great resource to meet the felt needs of the poor in places where it is hard or impossible to receive any kind of dental care. Pray today for the safety of these workers.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray today for Jim and his family.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love you before all else today. For only then can I truly love others the way you want me to - fully and freely.