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December 5 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: My God, since You are with me, and since it is Your will that I should apply my mind to these outward things, I pray that You will give me the grace to remain with You and keep company with You. But so that my work may be better, Lord, work with me; receive my work and possess all my affections. (The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence) Scripture Reading for the Day: Mark 13:32-37

Reading for Reflection: Attentiveness to God’s spirit requires deeply receptive, prayerful listening. Practicing the art of attending to the Spirit involves us in contemplative listening. Such listening is quite distinct from the various ways in which we generally listen to another….

It is holy listening, rooted in silence. It seeks emptiness in order to be filled with the Spirit. It is permeated by humility. Such listening assumes that the Spirit is active among us and works through us. So it makes space for that movement. It is primarily receptive, patient, watchful, and waiting. Yet it does not fear action when action is called for. Such listening is generously flexible, hospitable, and warm. It embraces the widest possible spectrum of life’s beauty and pain. It acknowledges the creation of all people in the image and likeness of God. It approaches life as a mystery into which we joyously and generously live. While in one sense a gift, such listening is generally cultivated over the years as we prayerfully attend to the Spirit in our own lives and as others listen to us in the same grace-filled way. (Companions in Christ: Participants Book, Part 5 by Wendy M. Wright)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bruce and Laura Harris run SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo. In this ministry, their goal is to glorify God by serving the church of Jesus Christ through camping programs of evangelism and Biblical education. Pray today for Bruce and Laura and their staff as they work towards working well as a team.

A Hand Up For Women, Knox County Christian Women’s Job Corps, strives to be a source of hope to women with the desire and motivation to lead a more self-sufficient life. Pray for the women reached by this ministry that they may understand the love of Jesus during this Christmas season.

Closing Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, and let our hearts be open to receive the life that you alone can give. Amen. (Advent with Evelyn Underhill) Notes