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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, as we look back on another year gone by (whether difficult or relatively easy), we do so with deep sense of gratitude for how you have cared for us, for the things you have done for us, for the ways you have led and guided us, and for the way you have provided for us. And we are filled with joy. Not necessarily joy in our circumstances, but joy in yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you who chose to step out of the throne room of heaven and come down to earth, you who laid aside your divine rights and privileges to enter into our pain and brokenness, you who - in some amazingly mysterious way - chose to empty yourself and make yourself nothing for our sakes; give us the strength and the courage, this day, to do the same. Am...

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to join our voices with those of the heavenly chorus, proclaiming your glory, and celebrating your entrance into our dark and broken world. Glory to God in the highest, and peace among those with whom he is pleased! Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi Scripture: Matthew 2:12-23 Journal: What do you do with these verses from Matthew's gospel? Is there a weeping or mourning th...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are truly God's indescribable gift. May we, in turn, give you the gift of our very lives, in response to your extravagant love and affection. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11 Journal: How will you open your treasures to him today? What will you give to Jesus? Reflection: O Thou who always art all everywhere Art now confined in this small...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to make room for you. Help us to make space that you may be born anew within us and among us. Forgive us for filling up our lives and our spaces; it is an addiction of the highest order. Give us the discipline and the courage and the freedom and the intention to consistently make room for you in our daily lives. Amen. Scripture: Luke 2:...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Day

Opening Prayer: O Great Light of the world, shine on us, dwell in us, and allow us to celebrate your coming into our darkness this day. Give us the joy of those who have been rescued from darkness and despair by the coming of your light and your hope. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 Journal: What does it mean to you today that the light has come into our darkness? What hop...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Eve

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Word made flesh. On this holy night we celebrate the fact that God did not leave us alone, but sent you to dwell among us and within us. Be the light in our darkness, be our guide in the journey, and be our help along the way. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, the journey to Bethlehem has indeed been a long one, and it has not been easy to watch and to wait and to stay alert and ready for your coming. And now we find ourselves near the end of the journey, ready to welcome and receive you anew into our hearts and lives and world. So come, Lord Jesus! Come into your world and bring us the life and the l...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you are, and always have been, in the intricate details of life. It is easy for us to blow right by and overlook if we are not paying attention, but it shows that you are a very intentional God. Help us, Lord God, to notice your hand and your intention in the details of our lives, as well as the details of this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, you are truly Immanuel, God with us. You share in this flesh and blood life, entering my ordinary circumstances, filling it with wonder, hope, and promise. So, like the shepherds, make me quick and ready to spread the good news to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, sometimes you ask us to do the impossible; you ask us to trust you even when things are beyond our understanding or comprehension. Help us to have the courage and the faith to do so, to trust you even in the midst of the most chaotic and trying and difficult circumstances of our lives. Amen. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Direct me, O Lord, to recognize how your Spirit moves and to become responsive to your prompting. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that when he comes and knocks he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Advent on Creighton University Online Ministries)...

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Make us ever ready for your coming, Lord Jesus. That we might be awake and alert, and constantly on the lookout for you, whenever and wherever you choose to arrive. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God of the new thing, allow yourself to be born anew in me this day and this season. Make a way in my wilderness; for only you can. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, during this season of Advent, to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Forgive us, O God, when we get occupied with the wrong things. When we get swept up in the commotion of the season and the culture, and forget that the universe does not revolve around us, but we revolve around you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Sometimes the wind that strips everything is the strong breathing of yes. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, soon we will celebrate the birth of your Son. In the days and weeks ahead we will be preparing our homes, buying gifts, and cooking all kinds of food. Help us, in the midst of all of this activity, to be sure and also prepare our hearts. In the busyness of the season ahead, remind us that it is really the coming of your Son that we truly need to pre...

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, how I long to be my truest, most authentic self; the one you dreamt into being, the one made in your image, the one whom you said was "very good." Help me, O God, to be more and more that person each day, regardless of the situation or the circumstance. Help me to be totally content, secure, at peace, and at home with being that one; the one whom yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Speak your truth, in love, to my soul today, O God. And help me to listen carefully to it, without denying or defending. Allow that truth to free me from all of the ways I am living so much less of a life than the one you desire for me to live. Help me to realize that only the truth can really set me free. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you....

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, my life is such a mess without your healing touch. Come to me this day and touch me in my deepest places, that I may receive the healing and the wholeness and the peace that only your touch can give. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, come to us, this day. Meet us in our wilderness. Show up in the hidden corners of our hearts and lives. Speak your word to us and bring us to life. Give us hope during this season of Advent. Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, may our lives today be all about your name, your will, your kingdom, and your glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to wait expectantly for you during this season. And help that waiting to have a good result. Help it produce in us a growing desire for your presence, your rule, and your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Expectancy, born of fertile wonder, belabored by narrowed hope; craning curious lives forward, You are the brother of holy surprise. Come startle awake our dozing apathy, our complacent dreams, that we may behold your borning, Advent cry. Amen. (Behold! by Pamela C. Hawkins)...

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