November 26 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles de Foucauld

Scripture Reading for the Day: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Reading for Reflection: The things we do are not proof of our value, worth, or significance. They are not the measurements by which we try to justify our existence. Instead, the things we do are our expression of love to the God who already loves us more than we dare ask or imagine. They are not a resume. They do not earn us anything. They simply say, “I love you, too.”

Therefore, God can say to us: “Stop measuring. Stop earning. Stop comparing. Stop performing. Your worth is not hanging in the balance. It does not depend on everything you achieve, or on every accomplishment you attain. So relax. Listen to my voice of love singing over you. Allow it to quiet your restless and insecure soul. Live in the freedom of knowing you are loved deeply and fully and completely...and eternally. Instead of working so hard to prove yourself, just be in love - with Me.”

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

 

Hymn of the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

George and Kathy Cail live in North Carolina where George works in the curriculum department of a ministry called TEN3 (Transformational Education Network - Discipling to the Third Generation). George and Kathy ask you to join with SIM in a worldwide season of prayer asking God to stop the Ebola virus in West Africa.

At The Restoration House (TRH), they are working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the financing of The Village, a community of housing for single mother families.

Closing Prayer: O Lover of My Soul, hold me in your arms again. I’m back from the streets and the darkened alleys and the cheap hotels. I long for the love that only you can give. I’m back and I need you again. (A Heart Exposed by Steven James)