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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us, during this season, to navigate the ground between the now and the not yet. In so many ways it is the space we are given to live in. And if we are going to thrive and flourish, rather than just survive and endure, we must begin to find your joy in the present moment and in our present circumstances. Joy that gives us confidence in your care for us, as well as hope for the future. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45

Journal: If you were Mary, how would you receive Elizabeth's words? What would they produce in you? How do the words of Elizabeth give Mary hope? How do they give you hope this day? What promise are you hoping God will fulfill someday? Do you still believe?

Reflection: In many ways, Advent is a "not yet" season. Mary and Joseph have not yet traveled to Bethlehem, the infant Jesus has not yet been born, the angels have not yet appeared to the shepherds, and the star has not yet come to rest over the manger. Still, with all these "not yets" embedded in the Advent story, we spend these days and weeks living in faith that God will provide what has been promised - a long-awaited Messiah, a living hope. (Behold! by Pamela C. Hawkins)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Tim and Barbie K. are currently working to translate the Bible into the "Makori" language. Their goal is to see a "Makori" church effectively using its own translation. Pray today for their family as they just recently moved to another town. Pray also for Yvette, a local woman with a medical condition that Barbie is working with.

Pioneer Arab World Ministries Media Center clearly presents Jesus Christ to the Arab world audiences. This is done by recording scriptures, Bible stories, sermons, and Arabic Christian music for broadcast by partner agencies for outreach and for the encouragement of Arab world believers. Pray today for those that will hear the gospel through the work of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Lord of all hopeful horizons, in the promise of your Word incarnate, Jesus Christ, you have given us solid ground on which to build our lives. We offer you the toils and struggles of our days in faith that by your grace they will become sources of hope for others who seek to walk in your ways. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)