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December 20 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales

Scripture Reading for the Day: 2 Corinthians 1:12-22

Reading for Reflection: Saying yes to Love works, but not in the way we might expect. It is the working of love, not of efficiency. It involves intention but not success or failure. It invites dedicated practice, but not achievement or competence. It is a conscious choice toward openness instead of control. Saying yes to Love is not a method for breaking the chains of addiction or solving our problems, but a response to the essential goodness of Love itself. It comes not from our desire to get away from something bad, but from our desire to welcome Something Wonderful. It is opening our hearts to a Gift already given. (The Awakened Heart by Gerald G. May)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Tom Matthews serves as a translation consultant to Bible translation teams from multiple people groups in northern Tanzania and Kenya. Some of the groups are minimally reached for Christ and some are dominated by Islam. Pray today for the Rendille translation project.

The Refugee Ministry at CSPC coordinates the church’s effort of welcoming and offering a holistic ministry to refugees of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds that are arriving in Knoxville. Pray today for all the volunteers who will reach out to refugee families during the Christmas season.

Closing Prayer: Lord of all, you are a God of plenty, a Lord who provides for us in our need. As I begin these early days of Advent help me to believe that you know what I need. Give me the courage to listen to your voice and the freedom to open my heart to the graces you are offering me to place my trust in you. (Creighton University Online Ministries)