Mission Devotional - January 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, flow like a river - like many rivers- in and through my life this day, just like you said you would. That I might be who you made me to be, and thus do what you made me to do. In your name and for your glory. Amen.

Scripture: John 7:37-39

Journal: What is your sense of God's flow within (and through) your life on a daily basis? What enables it? What stifles it? Do you truly believe that this is the kind of life God desires for 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

Sybil Baloyi lives in Mozambique and runs a preschool for orphaned and vulnerable children. Pray today for health and wisdom for Sybil as she begins a new year of ministry.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is committed to the evangelism of boys and girls through Good News Clubs, the Tennessee Valley Fair and any other means to reach the children of the Knoxville community. Good News Club is a ministry in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes and just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent's permission. Pray today for the families of the children that attend the Good News Clubs each week that they may know and understand the love of Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love like you. Rid my heart and soul of all that is not love. Amen.