Mission Devotional - October 17, 2015

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have brought us home. Thank you that because of you we are able to move from slaves to sons and daughters. Thank you, O God, that you have sent the Spirit of your Son to live within us, that we might be one with you. And thank you, Lord Most High, that you are now, not only our Great and Mighty God, but also our Abba. Amen. 

Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7

Journal: How do you typically see yourself in relation to God? How do these passages change that? What does it meant to move from slave to son? What does it mean to you that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your heart?

Reflection

The great image
   the journey home into the heart of God
   the journey into the inner life of the Trinity
   the journey to ecstatic Beautifying Vision
   we are made for ecstasy, nothing less
   each moment of closeness to God, only
     a preview of what’s ahead
     Total intimacy - we shall see him as he is
     Total love - with your whole heart’s intensity
     Total joy - cascading all over you
     And this forever…
     a few months - and then 
   the traveler toward the dawn
         dawn breaking love as I travel
   the wandering comet finally captured by the gravity of
         the sun - plunging into its fiery depths - to full union. 

(A Traveler Toward the Dawn: The Spiritual Journal of Father John Eagan edited by William J. O’Malley)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Hugo and Jackie are from South Africa and have two children, Marlena and John. Hugo has been the leader of a media ministry and has also been providing oversight to the PALM ministry (Preparing Arab World Leaders for Ministry) for the last few years. Their mission is to engage young people of the Arab world through new media to facilitate church planting movements in partnership with local churches. Pray today for the production of an evangelism series in animation and the production of a discipleship series hosted by a Muslim Background Believer from the Arabian Peninsula. 

A Hand Up For Women, Knox County Christian Women’s Job Corps, strives to be a source of hope to women with the desire and motivation to lead a more self-sufficient life. Pray for the women reached by this ministry that they may know the love of Jesus. 

Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, eliminate the divisions within me, as well as the divisions in my life. Make me one - a whole instead of a lot of separate parts - that we may be one. Your will, O God, is to bring me into conformity with the image of your Son. Close the gap, O Lord, between Thy will and my will. Make us one. Amen.