Mission Devotional - August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Aflame

Opening Prayer:
O living flame of love
That tenderly wounds my soul
In its deepest center! Since
Now you are not oppressive,
Now Consummate! If it be your will:
Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!

O sweet cautery,
O delightful wound!
O gentle hand! O delicate touch
That tastes of eternal life
And pays every debt!
In killing you changed death into life.
O lamps of fire!
In whose splendors
The deep caverns of feeling,
Once obscure and blind,
Now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely,
Both warmth and light to their beloved.

How gently and lovingly
You wake in my heart,
Where in secret you dwell alone;
And in your sweet breathing,
Filled with good and glory,
How tenderly you swell my heart with love.
- John of the Cross

Scripture: Luke 8:16-18

Journal: What is the state of your inner fire these days? What tends and nurtures the flame? What hinders it or covers it up? How does that light desire to shine itself in your life and world?

Reflection: No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light." (Luke 8:16)

You have lit this flame in me, O God, and I burn with love for you. Yet at times I am content to hide the flame, to put it in a jar or under a bed, rather than setting it on a stand and letting it shine. Sometimes I do this out of fear, sometimes I do it out of laziness, and sometimes I do it out of comfort - not wanting to go through the anxiety and the angst that putting this light on a stand creates in me. But this flame, which you have lit, was made to shine, so that those who come in can see the light. All it really costs me is to be; to be the one you have made me to be, and shine. After all, that's what a light does, right?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Bruce and Laura Harris directed SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo for many years. The Harrises have returned to church planting and have settled back in Japan from a home assignment. Pray today for their young co-workers that are arriving to begin work in September.

Hope House Knoxville is a ministry that provides housing and guidance for young adults who have reached an age where they no longer qualify to live in foster care. Pray today for Kathy Smith who lives in Hope House and serves as the resident manager as she provides loving support for residents. Pray also for each resident that they may get the vision and hope they need to begin a successful adult life following their time at Hope House.

Closing Prayer: Shine your light in and through me, O God, that those who come in can see the light of your love and your presence that resides in my heart and surrender themselves to you. Amen.