November 8 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: O Lord, help me to really believe. Help me to really believe that your heart for me is good. Help me to really believe that nothing can separate me from your love. Help me to really believe that you will do what you say you will do. Help me to take you at your word. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture Reading for the Day: Luke 7:36-50

Reading for Reflection: “Your faith has saved you,” Jesus said (Luke 7:50). Faith in what? Faith in the divine goodness that is ready to forgive everything and everyone who comes. Faith in the infinite mercy of God which is not concerned with numbers, since it is infinite, but with gratitude and self-surrender. By entrusting herself to divine love she received complete forgiveness and was empowered to prove her gratitude by the extent of her courtesy. (Awakenings by Thomas Keating)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written


Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Steve and Ruth Porter center their ministry around Steve’s dentistry at the Miango Dental Clinic in Nigeria. Their goal is to provide high quality dentistry, a winsome witness, sound teaching, and a compassionate outreach to those in need. They minister to local pastors, teachers, and other church employees, offering their services for the cost of the materials they use. The Porters are finishing up a home assignment and ask that you pray today for them as they prepare to return to Nigeria the second week of December.

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 KARM as they feed hundreds of homeless men, women and children during the Thanksgiving season. Consider volunteering to help them with this tremendous effort. Contact Karen Morton at 865-633-7653 or to find out how.

Closing Prayer: O God, who hast been the Refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my Refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my Guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my Guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my Strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with Thy peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)