January 14 Devotional

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

Opening Prayer: Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without the oxygen of recognition, praise, and stroking, and to do some good things every day which are seen only by You. (Sacred Space: the Prayer Book 2010 by Jesuit Communication Centre)

Scripture Reading for the Day: Luke 22:24-32

Reading for Reflection: It is frightening the extent to which hidden pride burns in the soul and dries up everything. And pride is all the greater in spiritual people, in us…

It’s because we don’t want to be little! On the excuse that the religious life is a great, very great thing, we no longer dream of becoming nothing, nothing, nothing. (Letters to Dolcidia: 1954-1983 by Carlo Carreto)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Jutta serves as an anthropology consultant for Bible translation teams, advising them in their cultural challenges and research within the context of Bible translation and incarnational living among them. Pray today Jutta to have concentration, wisdom and divine insight for the documenting and analyzing of her anthropological research, so that the content of her doctoral dissertation will be an inspiration and ministry tool for her colleagues in West Africa, as well as kingdom workers among Muslims in many other countries.

Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) provides emergency shelter and food to homeless men and women and offers recovery for those seeking a way out of drug and alcohol abuse. Pray today for KARM as they feed hundreds of homeless men, women and children during the winter season.

Closing Prayer:
Father, give me the humility
which realizes its ignorance,
admits its mistakes,
recognizes its needs,
welcomes advice
and accepts rebukes.
Help me always to praise
rather than criticize,
to encourage rather than to disparage,
to build rather than to destroy,
and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.