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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:11-14)

Scripture: Matthew 12:39-40

Journal: What does the sign of Jonah mean to you? Where is the sign of Jonah present in your spiritual experience right now? Where are you having to wait in the darkness for God to spit you out on some new shore?

Reflection: Descent into the darkness is necessary to all life, to transformation and to fresh, new revelations of God. Even in darkness, something is forming. We recite the promise of Messiah's coming, remembering the months of gestation preceding Jesus' birth... What yet unborn soul-gift in you is waiting to bless the world? And what would it take to nurture it into fullness? - Joelle Chase

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Steve Hoke works with national church denominations and mission organizations in 25 countries and North America in the area of leader development and strategic life coaching. Pray today for Steve and Eloise for renewed energy and focus as Steve continues daily, weekly and monthly coaching and supervising calls with CRM's staff and team leaders around the world.

World Horizons is a network of people, joined together by relationship and a common goal of reaching the unreached. Pray today for the work of all the people partnering with World Horizons around the world.

Closing Prayer: Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in the depths, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. (Psalm 139:7-10)