May 7 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Loving Father, I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 22:39-46

Journal: Solitude is not the easiest place to step into. In fact, at times what we encounter there is terribly difficult. Maybe that is why we shy away from solitude so often. Is there a difficult place that Jesus is wanting you to come face to face with in solitude? What is it?

Reflection: In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts. In solitude we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended, but a gift to be shared. (Out of Solitude by Henri J. Nouwen)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

Mark and Annemarie Dye are passionate about building Christian leaders to mobilize and equip the African Church for mission in the world. Pray today for the Dyes as Mark leads workshops in Malawi this month and as they organize the UWM Africa Conference to be held this July in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for those being reached through this organization.

Closing Prayer: 

In the quietness of life,
When the flowers have shut their eye,
And a stainless breadth of sky
Bends above the hill of strife,
Then, my God, my chiefest Good,
Breathe upon my lonelihood:
Let the shining silence be
Filled with Thee, my God, with Thee.

(Petition and Communion, by Percy C. Ainsworth, Weavings, Volume XXII, Number 4, July/August 2007)