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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord God, only you can see into my heart and know that under all the busy-ness of my life, there is a deep longing to make this Advent one that welcomes you more deeply into my own life. My heart desires the warmth of your love and my mind searches for your Light in the midst of the darkness. Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent and to give special love to those who disagree with me. Give me the strength and courage to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to free my heart from the prison of my anger and hurt. Amen. (Creighton University Online Ministries)

Scripture: Luke 21:25-36

Journal: What signs around you tell you that the kingdom of God is near? What signs within you? What do you think God wants to grow in you during this Advent season? How are you like the fig tree?

Reflection: Recognizing is such an important part of the spiritual life; recognizing what is going on within or beneath or beyond what we are able to see, and beginning to pay attention in such a way that we are actually able to really see both where God is present and what he is up to in the comings and the goings of our lives. But recognizing does not come automatically, it requires something of us. It requires us to stop living on the surface of things, to slow down enough to pay attention, to make space in our lives to reflect and to pray, and to train our souls - and thus our eyes - to look deeper into things. (Becoming by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Karan Davis have been working with TEAM in France since 1978 in church-planting ministries. They have planted churches in the southern suburbs of Paris, northwestern suburbs of Lyon, and more recently in the Alps region around Albertville. Pray today for French believers living in the area who are catching the vision of starting a network of churches in and around Pontcharra. Pray also for a situation where people living in apartments above the church are complaining about noise during Sunday morning worship and Monday night choir rehearsals.

Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) provides emergency shelter and food to homeless men and women and offers recovery for those seeking a way out of drug and alcohol abuse. Pray today for the staff and volunteers of KARM as they continue their holiday outreach efforts.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to learn the lesson of the fig tree. Help us to have keen eyes, and hearts, to recognize where you are at work during this season, both around us and within us. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.