February 16 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: O God. We give ourselves over to your care, trusting only in your infinite mercy and love. We will continue to give thanks to you, O Lord, for all that we have and all that we are. We will rest assured in the knowledge that when we cry to you in sadness or in joy you will hear our cry and make reply. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John Mogabgab)
Scripture Reading for the Day: Psalm 56:8-13
Reading for Reflection: The closest communion with God, I have begun to discover, comes through the shedding of my tears. If grapes and grain are not crushed, there can be no wine and bread. If my life is not crushed, there will not be the closest and most intimate communion with God. (Running on Empty by Fil Anderson)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
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. Pray today for them as they travel to visit missionaries and partners throughout Central America and the Caribbean, meeting and getting to know ministry and prayer needs better.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is committed to the evangelism of boys and girls through Good News Clubs, the Tennessee Valley Fair and any other means to reach the children of the Knoxville community. Good News Club is a ministry in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes and just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Pray today for the families of the children that attend the Good News Clubs each week that they may understand the love of Jesus.
Closing Prayer: O Lord my God, thank you that you keep track of all my sorrows. That you have collected my tears in your bottle. That you have recorded each one in your book. And that all the tears I’ve shed cannot begin to compare with the ones you shed for me. Amen.