Mission Devotional - October 11, 2015

Opening Prayer: Let me know you, O Lord, who knows me; let me know you as I am known. Enter into my soul and fit it for yourself so that you may have it and hold it without spot or wrinkle. This is my hope. Amen. (Confessions by St. Augustine)

Scripture: John 17:20-26

Journal: Do you realize that Jesus is praying for you in this passage? What does his prayer for you do within you? What words or images make something come alive in you? What does it look like to become one with Jesus?

Reflection:

one

full of myself
may it never be
but only you
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
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Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Michael and Kim Essenburg served for many years at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ), a school for missionary children (40% of student body) and children of business and professional people (60% of student body) that is located in Tokyo. They have recently moved to Okinawa to serve at Okinawa Christian School. Please pray for them as they are getting settled and beginning the new school year.

Worldwide Development Association has a mission to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train his disciples. Cedar Springs and Global Mission Group members Carroll and Shirley Coakley are part of this organization’s international staff and serve on short-term mission teams to Myanmar. Pray today for the Coakleys.

Closing Prayer: And God said to the soul, “I desired you from before the world began. I desire you now as you desire me. And where the desires of two come together, there Love is perfected. - Mechtild of Magdeburg