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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to make room for you. Help us to make space that you may be born anew within us and among us. Forgive us for filling up our lives and our spaces; it is an addiction of the highest order. Give us the discipline and the courage and the freedom and the intention to consistently make room for you in our daily lives. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 2:6-7

Journal: Do you have room for Jesus in your life these days? How will you make room for him during this season?

Reflection: Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world. He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst. (Raids on the Unspeakable by Thomas Merton)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Chris and Donna Roberts moved to Müllheim, Germany in July 2016 to work with Young Life's German-speaking ministries. Chris is an Area Developer for Young Life's new service learning initiative in which he will help develop and implement a curriculum for service learning that uses Young Life methodology to reach German-speaking teenagers. Pray today for their own young teenage children as they adjust to living in Germany and to the struggles that come from being teenagers.

Logan and Melissa Keck are planting Christ the King, JP/Roxbury in Boston. Pray that they will continue to see growth in the church. The Kecks also ask that you pray for spiritual growth and leadership development for the many new believers and spiritually young believers in their congregation. Pray today for efforts to strengthen their relationship with their Muslim neighbors from Somalia.

Closing Prayer: Make your home, Lord Jesus, within us and among us this day. Amen.