Mission Devotional - January 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Transform me, O God, into the image of your Son Jesus. Help my heart to reflect his heart, and my face to reflect his face. May I shine with his glory all the days of my life. Amen.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Journal: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? What (or who) does your life reflect? How will you become more like Jesus?

Reflection:
one

full of myself
may it never be
but only you
my dear jesus

as rain falling into a pond
becomes one
no longer any rain
only the pond
as a stream flowing into the sea
becomes one
no longer any stream
only the sea
as light coming into a room
from two windows
becomes one
no longer windows
only light

may i melt into you
so that there is
no more me
but only you
my beloved jesus
(Pieces II by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Phil C. has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for continued open doors and safety given the present tenuous political situation in the part of the world where Phil is serving.

The mission of Compassion Coalition is to inform, prepare, and unite churches to transform lives and communities through the love of Christ. They strive to walk alongside Knoxville-area churches who earnestly desire to slow down and respond to the cry of the suffering, the broken, and the abandoned within their congregations and out in the community. Pray today for the work of this ministry in Knoxville and for Executive Director Grant Standefer.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, help me to become one with you. Amen.