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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to mourn over the things that break your heart, that one day we might be comforted by your Spirit and your Presence in our lives for all eternity. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 5:4

Journal: Where are you mourning in your life right now? How are you receiving comfort from God? What do you think God wants us to mourn over?

Reflection: Digory kept his mouth very tight shut. He had been growing more and more uncomfortable. He hoped that whatever happened, he wouldn't blub or do anything ridiculous.

"Son of Adam," said the Aslan. "Are you ready to undo the wrong that you have done to my sweet country of Narnia on the very day of its birth?"

"Well, I don't see what I can do," said Digory. "You see, the Queen ran away and -"

"I asked, are you ready," said the Lion.

"Yes," said Digory. He had had for a second some wild idea of saying "I'll try to help you if you'll promise to help about my Mother," but he realized in time that the Lion was not at all the sort of person one could try to make bargains with. But when he had said "Yes," he thought of his Mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came in his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out:

"But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?" Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great front feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself. (The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth have recently returned to the Ukraine to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray for them as they continue to get settled and begin new work in the Ukraine.

The Garbage City Alliance is a ministry to the Garbage City in Cairo, Egypt. Rebecca Atollah, the wife of Ramez Atollah, the leader of the Bible Society of Egypt, is a key worker at the St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church in the Mokattam garbage village. Over the last twenty-five years she has helped with church planting and providing Christian education among the lowest of the low, Egypt's untouchables. Pray today for Rebecca and her work with the Garbage City Alliance.

Closing Prayer:

Give me the courage to cry.
Help me to understand that tears bring
   freshly washed colors arching across the soul
   colors that wouldn't be there apart from the rain.
Help me to see in the prism of my tears,
   something of the secret of who I am.
Give me the courage
   not only to see what those tears are revealing
   but to follow where they are leading.
And help me to see,
   that where they are leading me is home…
(Windows of the Soul by Ken Gire)