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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to trust you, whatever season we find ourselves in. Amen.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Journal: What is your season of life these days? What is beautiful in your life right now? What is he making beautiful? What is hard? How is He making the hard into the beautiful?

Reflection: He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) I don't know about you, but I have a difficult time just letting things be beautiful. It seems like I am always trying to analyze, or explain, or turn something into a message (or a blog post), rather than simply enjoying the beauty of it. If, indeed, God has made everything beautiful in its own time, why not just go with it? Why not take what he has said for what it is, and simply embrace and enjoy the beauty of the thing (or person, or season, or event) that is before (or within) us? Let it be beautiful. Embrace the beauty. Enjoy the beauty. Or wait patiently for the beauty he is making. Let it wash over you and transform you - that's what beauty does. That's who God is.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

J and F live and work in one of the poorest and most heavily populated states in a country in Asia. They are seeking to make a difference in this state in both physical and spiritual realms. They have been operating a micro-finance business that is creating self-sustaining means of support for churches and church plants as well as continuing to provide funds for the installation of hand pumps to provide clean water to needy areas of the state. Pray today for their return back to the mission field from Home Assignment to go smoothly.

PALM (Preparing Arab-World Leaders for Ministry) is Arab World Media's discipleship and theological training ministry. It provides high quality leadership and discipleship training materials in Arabic, Kabyle and French. It is an excellent way to meet the need for training in leadership and ministry among Muslim background believers throughout North Africa, Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Pray today for the fighting in the Middle East, that it will bring before God the people, who are either fleeing for their lives, or feel trapped and helpless. Ask for the Father's will to be done, and for His angels to hover over the region, protecting the innocent.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, do a beautiful work in and through us this day, for you make everything beautiful in its time. Make us beautiful. Amen.