November 24 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: Romans 5:1-8
Reading for Reflection: Let me talk very intimately and very earnestly with you about Him who is dearer than life. Do you really want to live your lives, every moment of your lives, in His presence? Do you long for Him, crave Him? Do you love His presence? Does every drop of blood in your body love Him? Does every breath you draw breathe a prayer, a praise to Him? Do you sing and dance within yourselves, as you glory in His love? Have you set yourselves to be His, and only His, walking every moment in holy obedience? I know I’m talking like an old-time evangelist. But I can’t help that, nor dare I restrain myself and get prim and conventional. We have too long been prim and restrained. The fires of the love of God, of our love toward God, and His love toward us, are very hot. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength.” Do we really do it? Is love steadfastly directed toward God, in our minds, all day long? Do we intersperse our work with gentle prayers and praises to Him? Do we live in the steady peace of God, a peace down at the depths of our souls, where all strain is gone and God is already victor over the world, already victor over our weaknesses? This life, this abiding, enduring peace that never fails, this serene power and unhurried conquest over ourselves, outward conquest over the world, is meant to be ours. It is a life that is freed from strain and anxiety and hurry, for something of the Cosmic Patience of God becomes ours. Are our lives unshakable, because we are clear down on bed rock, rooted and grounded in the love of God? This is the first and greatest commandment. (A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Jutta serves as an anthropology consultant for Bible translation teams, advising them in their cultural challenges and research within the context of Bible translation and incarnational living among them. Pray today Jutta to have concentration, wisdom and divine insight for the documenting and analyzing of her anthropological research, so that the content of her doctoral dissertation will be an inspiration and ministry tool for her colleagues in West Africa, as well as kingdom workers among Muslims in many other countries.
Safe Families for Children is an innovative collaboration between area churches, volunteers and child care professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. Pray for all of the children, parents and host families as they enter the holiday season that they might know the love and comfort of Christ.
Closing Prayer: Almighty God, my Father, I call upon you and request of you that your love may be found in me your servant. I know not how to love as I ought; but you who are Love can reveal it unto me. Show me the way to Love. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)