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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2015

Opening Prayer: O Lord our God, may something new be born in us this day, as well as this season - this season where we celebrate your birth into this cold and cruel world. This season where we rejoice over your amazing arrival to live among us; to give us light and life and hope and peace. We pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture: John 1:1-18

Journal: How have you seen the Word become flesh during this season?

Reflection: Our spiritual life depends on his perpetual coming to us, far more than on our going to him. Every time a channel is made for him he comes; every time our hearts are open to him he enters, bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. (Advent with Evelyn Underhill)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

M. is living in an area in Southeast Asia where the Tai Lue, an unreached people group, live. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for M. who was recently married and for her husband G. as they seek to reach the Tai Lue with the gospel.

Young Life Tennessee seeks to pursue and befriend lost or disinterested teenagers to introduce them to Jesus, share the gospel, and help them grow in their faith. Pray today for the staff of Young Life in Knoxville as they work with students this semester and make plans for next semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, Word of God made flesh, thank you for coming into our dark and hurting world with your life and your light and your love. Thank you for descending from the throne room of heaven to become one of us, in order to show us the heart of your Father. Amen.