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February 1 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: O Lord, as we spend time with you and your Word this day, let us hear the words of your Ancient Song; and let us listen closely for the Song of God that rises in our hearts. In Christ. Amen.

Scripture Reading for the Day: Song of Songs 2:10-13

Reading for Reflection: When you feel invited to remain in silence at Our Lord’s feet like Magdalen just looking at Him with your heart without saying anything, don’t cast about for any thoughts or reasonings, but just remain in loving adoration. Follow the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. If He invites you to beg, beg; if to be silent, remain silent; if to show your misery to God, just do so. Let Him play on the fibers of your heart like a harpist, and draw forth the melody He wishes for the Divine Spouse. (Union with God by Dom Marmion)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mike and Stephanie are working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. The project’s aim is to provide high quality, interactive Biblical training via Internet to Arabic-speakers wherever they are found. Pray today for Mike and especially Stephanie as she serves as a mentor to various female students at ABTS who come from other Arab countries. She is a confidant and advisor as these students integrate into a cross-cultural situation.

At The Restoration House (TRH), they are working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the ongoing construction of The Village, a community of housing for single mother families. Co-founders Daniel and Mandy Watson will be our guests at this year’s Global Mission Conference. Be sure to meet them and ask how you can pray for this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Everything in all of creation, O Lord, is a unique song of yours. And when we sing our song - that song that is buried deeply within each of us - we are indeed being who we were made to be. We are in true harmony (shalom) with the voice of our Maker. Help us to sing our song (Your song) clearly and fully this day. In the name of Jesus. Amen.