September 11 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O God of wonder, you made all things, measured the waters in the hollow of your hand, and marked off the heavens with its breadth; who is like you? Lift up our eyes, O Lord, and let us look to the heavens. You created all of this. You bring out the starry host and call each one by name. Fill us with wonder this day, that we might praise you the way you alone deserve to be praised. Amen.

Scripture: Isaiah 40:9-31

Journal: What causes you to marvel at God? When you look around his creation, what fills you with wonder? How does it inspire your faith? What does that do to your soul? What is your response to God today?

Reflection: In life one cannot awaken often enough the sense of a beginning within oneself. There is so little external change needed for that since we actually transform the world from within our hearts. If the heart longs for nothing but to be new and unlimited, the world is instantly the same as on the day of its creation and infinite. (The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Lucky & Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has pastored the Reformed Church in Mucatine, and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Lucky is a discipler of young men and has a mentoring role among those he serves. Lucky and Sonnet and their family are now living in Chokwe where Lucky pastors a church they planted. Pray today for their church family to grow in faith and learn to reach out to others in the community.

Joni and Friends Knoxville ministers to families and individuals affected by disabilities in Knoxville, TN, as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and in Guatemala. The vision of Joni and Friends is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community by communicating the gospel and equipping Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. Pray today for the Knoxville staff of Joni and Friends.

Closing 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. - St. Augustine