Mission Devotional - October 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to know that your path leads through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, even when we do not see your footprints. Give us the courage and the faith to follow you today. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 77:19-20

Journal: What is God leading you through, rather than around or away from these days? How is he asking you to trust him?

Reflection: The spiritual journey is not an easy one. It is a deep work of the heart and soul. It requires every ounce of us. It requires absolute trust and total surrender. It requires that we be willing to face, and walk through, our stuff. As a wise saint once said, "There is no way out, only through." That is how God forms his life in us, by leading us through. It is not a journey for the faint of heart. His path always seems to lead through the sea, rather than around or away from it. His way always seems to take us through the mighty waters, where we must trust his heart and his hand to deliver us. It asks us to being willing to embrace our pain and our sorrow and our struggle rather than avoiding, denying, or medicating it. Life with him requires us to have the courage to enter the cocoon of transformation, to enter into the belly of the whale. It requires us to step into the chaos of the seas and the mighty waters with only his hand to protect and sustain us. So whatever the chaos that might lie before us today, may we always be aware that he is in the midst of it, and that he will lead us through it in a way that does something extraordinarily beautiful in our hearts and souls.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Cedar Springs partners with Redeemer City to City to plant churches in urban areas around the world. Pray for all of the church planters that are supported throughout the world, especially in Europe during these challenging days of terror attacks and unrest.

Pray today for the three new Cedar Springs church plants in East Tennessee: New Life Gathering in Knoxville and new churches beginning in 2017 in Maryville and Bristol.

Closing Prayer: O God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God! You're the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do - You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble, rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Psalm 77:13-15, The Message).