Mission Devotional - December 12, 2015

Opening Prayer: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. Amen. (Luke 1:46-50, ESV)

Scripture: Luke 1:26-56

Journal: What makes Mary's waiting different from everyone else's in the Christmas narrative? What does she have to teach us about waiting on the Lord? How does her response to God speak to you today?

Reflection: The birth of Christ in our souls is for a purpose beyond ourselves: it is because his manifestation in the world must be through us. Every Christian is, as it were, part of the dust-laden air which shall radiate the glowing epiphany of God, catch and reflect his golden Light. Ye are the light of the world- but only because you are enkindled, made radiant by the one Light of the world. - Evelyn Underhill

The purpose of Advent is to make us pregnant with hope. - The Work of the People

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mike and Stephanie are working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. The project's aim is to provide high quality, interactive Biblical training via Internet to Arabic-speakers wherever they are found. Pray today for Mike and Stephanie as they seek how to be involved more closely in the refugee crisis.

The Philadelphians Prison Ministry has been ministering in Tennessee prisons for 27+ years. Its purpose is to change the thinking of a prisoner through the power and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is done through strong Bible teaching with praise and worship services, weekly in-prison group meetings, the HELP program, and a transitional housing program, the HELP House, in Knoxville. Christian ministry counseling is given to inmates' loved ones, the "silent victims" of crime. Pray today for the volunteers as they share the gospel with inmates during the Christmas season.

Closing Prayer: I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God.

God took one good look at me, and look what happened - I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. (The Message)