May 9 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Father, you are full of compassion, I commit and commend myself unto you, in whom I am, and live, and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage, and my Rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thoughts beneath the shadow of your wings; let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God. Amen. - St. Augustine

Scripture: Psalm 37:1-7

Journal: What words or images in the Psalm today bring something to life within you? Why? Where is God calling you to trust? To enjoy safe pasture? To delight yourself in him? Where is he calling you not to fret? 

Reflection: Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and place for God, and Him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that He is actively present in our lives - healing, teaching, and guiding - we need to set aside time and space to give Him our undivided attention. (Making All Things New by Henri J.M. Nouwen)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Leoma Gilley works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and is responsible for developing university-level, accredited training in linguistics, literacy, Bible translation, Scripture use, anthropology and language assessment (survey) to people across Africa. Pray today for Leoma as she begins teaching an English language course for i-DELTA in Nairobi later this month.

The Cross Greek Christian Ministry is unique to the University of Tennessee and focuses on the fraternity and sorority community. The ministry is student led, but guided by a staff. Pray today for the students that lead this ministry as they finish the Spring semester.

Closing Prayer: Listen to God’s words of affection: “Don’t fret your way through life, but instead trust in me, dwell in the land I have given you, enjoy the safe pasture that only I can provide, delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart - because to delight in me IS the deepest desire of your heart.”