December 31 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: Philippians 2:1-13
Reading for Reflection: O Jesus, how far down you had to come to reach us. How small and how low. Can anyone really comprehend the magnitude of that downward journey? You, who had always enjoyed true delight, the loving intimacy of the Trinity, were willing to step out of the ecstasy of that intimacy because of your great desire to bring us into it. You, who were in very nature God, laid aside your Divine privilege and position to become a man of sorrows, despised and rejected by men. You, the Eternal One, willing to become a mere mortal. You, the Creator of all, willing to become one of the created. O the great sacrifice! O the immense love! You, O Christ, emptied yourself of more than we can ever comprehend or imagine. You, O Christ, made yourself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7 KJV). And you, O Christ, have given us an example, that we might do the same. Lord Jesus, during this season when we celebrate your stepping down out of the throne room of heaven to become one of us, show us what this emptying looks like for each of us in the days ahead.
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
The “Professors” create curriculum materials, providing teacher training, advising and helping others establish ESL ministries in a Creative Access country. They also work on “secret” projects with national Christians who teach weekly Bible studies. They are using innovative technology tools to communicate their training to teachers including podcasts that can be accessed while teachers are commuting to work. Pray today for all of the teachers who will be using their teaching tools in the coming months.
Free Medical Clinic of America was founded by CSPC member, Dr. Tom Kim, to provide medical care for the working uninsured. The clinic is built upon the words from Christ about serving the least, the lonely, and the lost. Pray for Dr. Kim and the other medical volunteers that help to meet the medical needs of our community.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, as we come to the end of another year, as we reflect on all that has been and look ahead to all that will be, help us to know what we need to empty ourselves of in order to have this mind among ourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. For your glory. Amen.