Mission Devotional - December 14, 2015

Opening Prayer: Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)

Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12

Journal: What are you putting your hope in these days? During this season, what does it look like to put your hope in God's unfailing love?

Reflection: Advent is a time of the unexpected gift, both in our remembering and in our hoping. It is a season when we recognize that God became flesh in a place emptied of comfort and privilege, a presence that took form in a forlorn crib as the start of a journey that would carry all the way to an ignominious cross. It remains a season haunted by such memories…, longing as we do for some trace of the One who was among us for a season and whose coming again we await in life's long winter. (The Hardest Love We Carry by Mark S. Burrows, Weavings)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. Pray today for Bobby and a pastor from Krakow as they attend City to City meetings this month in NYC to become trainers so more men can be taught how to plant churches in the cities of Poland.

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 the Nelson family in Paris. Several of their church members were directly affected by the recent terror attacks. They ask that you "pray for peace, healing and for a renewed trust in our Good Shepherd."

Closing Prayer: O God, you brought all things into being and know the secrets of the furthest galaxies as well as those within the hidden universe of the human heart. May we always hope in your faithful love, which surrounds us all our days. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)