September 26 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that one day you will come back for us and take us home to be with you. We are not too sure of the hows and wheres and whens of that coming, but we are sure that one day it will happen. And since that great day will happen, let us live each day between now and then with the full knowledge that you, Lord Jesus, are our true home. May we live our lives, both now and forever, with you. Amen.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Journal: How do these words encourage you? How might they offer encouragement to others in your life and world?
Reflection: There are two realities to which you must cling. First, God has promised that you will receive the love you have been searching for. And second, God is faithful to that promise.
So stop wandering around. Instead, come home and trust that God will bring you what you need. Your whole life you have been running about, seeking the love you desire. Now it is time to end that search. Trust that God will give you that all-fulfilling love…Just stop running and start trusting and receiving.
Home is where you are truly safe. It is where you can receive what you desire. You often need human hands to hold you there so you don’t run away again. But when you come home and stay home, you will find the love that will bring rest to your heart. (The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen)
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.
Old North Abbey is an Anglican church plant in Knoxville meets for worship on Sunday mornings in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St. The church seeks to be a part of the community revitalization and restoration efforts as well as ministering to the deep needs of those living in that area. They have created Abbey Fields, a two acre urban farm dedicated to rebuilding vacant or blighted green spaces for agriculture use. Pray today for this church as they seek to reach their community.
Closing Prayer: O Waker of the Dead, awaken me. Find the faith in my soul that’s as dead as night; find the hope in my heart that’s as dry as dust; find the love in my spirit that’s so fast asleep. Peer beneath the shroud of my life and awaken me.
Look deeply, Jesus. Find the child there, find the dreamer there, find the lover there. Awaken me.
You’re the one who has conquered the grave, you’re the one who has tasted new life. Help me die to the dying life, and be born to the life that never dies, by entering the mystery of your love right here, right now, today. (A Heart Exposed by Steven James)