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December 28 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born in us anew today by the power of your Holy Spirit. We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants)

Scripture Reading for the Day: John 1:1-14

Reading for Reflection:

putting on
clothing oneself
assuming flesh
bearing the bone and blood
mortality that bears us all
through what we call
for better or worse
this life
how did he do it?
Was it like 
heavy clanking armor
slipping on
a skin-tight wet suit
taking on oneself a body-cast
of stiff unyielding clay?
was there more of
taking off
a shedding
of the iridescent skin
of fair eternity
a love-filled
laying to one side
of glory, majesty and power
before the naked plunge
into the depths to seek a treasure long encrusted
by the sifting sands of night?
(J. Barrie Shepherd in Weavings, Volume XXVI, Number 1)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Dori Pittman currently serve as area directors for United World Mission’s Latin America region. Paul is also project coordinator of UWM’s Cuba Partnership Project. They have recently returned from Cuba where they visited and encouraged pastors. Pray today for the many needs expressed as they visited these Cuban colleagues who are serving on the “front line.”

FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food and also distributes the food once per month. CSPC members Keith and Shelley Percic are the CSPC contacts for this ministry. Pray today about how you and your family can help with FISH.

Closing Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus! You are my righteousness. You are my goodness, the cause and the reason for goodness. You are my life and the light of life. You are my love and all my loving. You are the most noble language I can ever utter, my words and all their meaning, my wisdom, my truth, and the better part of myself. Amen. (Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin Jr.)