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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Opening Prayer: Slow me down, O Lord, so that I don't miss what you are doing within and around me. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3

Journal: What impact do hurry and busyness have on your life? Why?

Reflection: "When we are noisy and when we are hurried, we are incapable of intimacy - deep, personal, complex relationships. … Like children lost in the woods, the more lost we feel, the faster we run." - Eugene Peterson

"It is a commonplace of the spiritual masters that the deepest part of the soul likes to go slow, since it seeks to savor rather than to accomplish; it wants to rest in and contemplate the good rather than to hurry off to another place." - Robert Barron

Our busyness - whether of body or of mind - is often a distraction, a way of avoiding others, avoiding intimacy, avoiding ourselves. We keep busy to push back our fears, our loneliness, our self-doubt, our questions about purposes and ends. We want to know we matter, we want to know our lives are worthwhile. And when we're not sure, we work that much harder, we worry that much more. In the face of our uncertainty, we keep busy. … What is it, then, that restores us to a better version of ourselves, that returns us to our firm sense of goodness - both our own and the world's? Perhaps it's a question of grace: a reflected sunset flares in the windows of a skyscraper, a sheet of newspaper takes flight down an empty street, and suddenly we find ourselves in a world made luminous with wonder. … And so it is: the world itself can call us out of our preoccupations, our worries, our lists and agendas. In such moments our attention is arrested, quite literally stopped, and the world seems to say to us: "Don't just do something, stand there." - Philip Simmons

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Lucky and Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has pastored the Reformed Church in Mucatine and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Pray today for the church in Chake, that the believers will thrive and grow in spite of difficulties.

Al Massira is an online course for groups to use that presents the Christian faith through a chronological overview of the Bible. It centers the Christian faith in its original Middle Eastern context and includes a variety of integrated activities: viewing the films, open discussion, prayer, food and companionship. Pray today for those just starting the course, that they will find Jesus through it and begin a new life with him.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, help me to not get running so fast that I forget to pay attention to what you are doing right in front of my eyes. Do not let hurry and busyness rule my life, but let me be guided by your voice and your Spirit and your affection. Amen.