November 23 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles de Foucauld
Scripture Reading for the Day: Ephesians 3:14-21
Reading for Reflection: We spend most of our lives trying to make things happen for ourselves and for people we love. But life is not reduced to what you give or know or achieve. Nor is it reduced to your mistakes, your failures, or your sin. Life isn’t even defined by whom you love. Rather, it is defined by the God who loves you. In other words, you are not the central character - not even of your own life’s story. This is not meant to demean you; it is meant to set you free. (Sacred Thirst by M. Craig Barnes)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Ron and Amy Barber have been living near Auckland, New Zealand where Ron has been teaching church planting, cultural anthropology and global theology at Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies. After spending some time in the Philippines considering a move there, they have for now decided to stay in New Zealand through 2015. Pray today that God will use Ron as he teaches classes this school year.
As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the core beliefs of historic Christianity which motivate a heart for God and love for the university. CSPC supports RUF on two college campuses. Pray today for Matt Howell at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as RUF wraps up the Fall semester and plans for the Spring.
Closing Prayer: O Thou who ordered this wondrous world, and who knowest all things in earth and heaven: So fill our hearts with trust in thee that by night and day, at all times and in all seasons, we may without fear commit all that we have and hope to be to thy never-failing love, for this life and the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Worship)