Mission Devotional - January 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I close the door on this old year, I ponder on the things I've done…on the things I've said and the joys I've had…then I wonder, have I lost or won? I've thought of the new friends I have made, and of the old ones staunch and true…the path of the old year was made easier Lord, because I have walked it with You.

I think of all the many times, when my burdens were so heavy to bear, and how my faith slipped away from me…but somehow You were always standing there. Now as I open the door to this New Year, and carefully peep inside, I wonder what it holds for me…but I'll throw the door open wide. And whatever it brings to me and mine, I'll meet it with a heart so true…I know that, Lord whate'er it may be, You'll be there to carry me through. - Merrel Thompson

Scripture: Psalm 96:1-13

Journal: What new song will you sing to the Lord in the coming year? What song is he singing in and through you?

Reflection:

I believe in all that has never been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me.
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If it is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through the widening channels
into the open sea.
(The Book of Hours, I 12, by Rainer Maria Rilke)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Al Hayat Airtime programming has captured the attention of Muslim men and women around the world since its launch in 2003. Through innovative programming, Al Hayat has become a powerful force against the deceptions of Islam. Pray today for the leaders of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always. Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter. Be our Strength, our Courage, and our Sanctifier. May this New Year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us, a time of welcoming your graces and gifts, a time for forgiving freely and unconditionally, a time for growing in virtue and goodness. Come, Holy Spirit, be with us today and always. Amen.