August 15 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Here, Lord, I abandon myself to you. I have tried in every way I could think of to manage myself, and to make myself what I know I ought to be, but have always failed. Now I give it up to you. Do take entire possession of me. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will. Mold and fashion me into such a vessel as seems good to you. I leave myself in your hands. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Scripture: John 13:1-17

Journal: Do you understand what I have done for you? What does it look like in your life to be a foot-washer? How will you follow his example? How will that happen today?

Reflection: This is the Season of Love. What happens in us is the miracle of discovering our potential to care for others. And so, we become foot-washing, water-walking, healing, beatitude people. Our lives begin to bless. We are compelled to respond to the Word of God, to speak in the Holy Name, to live out our ministry of love.

We are fragile vessels whose love often gets tired. We need to be converted over and over again. And so, the healing act of our growth continues. We empty ourselves that we may be filled. We uproot that we may proclaim. We take off our masks. We call forth gifts. We bless. We wash feet. And somewhere between the shedding of our masks and the foot-washing, we discover that it is not so much what we do that touches lives as who we are becoming. And so we rest in the truth that what is most important is not how much of ourselves we leave with others, but how much we enable others to be themselves. (Seasons of the Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they have recently traveled to the U.S. to begin a home stay until next February. They will be based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Choices Resource Center is a Christian, life-affirming pregnancy resource center offering services to help people facing decisions regarding pregnancy, parenting, purity, and post-abortion healing. Pray today for each young woman who will visit this center this week. 

Closing Prayer: Christ has no body now on earth but yours; yours are the only hands with which he can do his work, yours are the only feet with which he can go about the world, yours are the only eyes through which his compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. - Teresa of Avila