August 13 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.

Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen. - Mother Teresa

Scripture: Micah 6:6-8

Journal: What does it look like to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God? How is God calling you to do that today? In the future?

Reflection: Love is one of the most misused words in our language. It is unfortunate that a word so precious has become so abused. Love is a Word that can become flesh in each of our lives. This fleshed-out Word of Love is a mystery. It is the Mystery of God living and acting in our lives. It is the Mystery of God ministering through our touch, and though our voice. It is God seeing through our eyes.

Love is blind, we like to say, but no; Love is not blind. The ego is blind. All it can see is itself. But Love is not blind. Love is pure vision! God, seeing through us! The more we will notice a great healing taking place in the world. (Seasons of the Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr)

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 Phil and his ministry.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is committed to the evangelism of boys and girls through Good News Clubs, the Tennessee Valley Fair and any other means to reach the children of the Knoxville community. Good News Club is a ministry in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes and just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Pray today for the families of the children that attend the Good News Clubs each week that they may know and understand the love of Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, give me a willing and compassionate heart, that I might be your instrument of peace and love in a world filled with pain and despair. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.