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Daily Devotional for August 31

August 31                                                       Mark 14:12-26

                    "Where will you have us go?"

Lord, we seek your direction now just as the disciples did on
that long-ago Passover. When they asked, you spared no detail.
You told them where they were to go, the person they were
to meet and follow, the house they would eventually enter,
and what to say and do when they arrived.

Our hearts cry out for direction as we restlessly pace the
plateau of our lives. Where are we going and what are we do-
ing? We feel inadequate and tired from the struggles of our
days and years. Yet as we seek your guidance, you do not res-
pond with such specifics. Why will you not tell us as you told

"I do," Jesus replies, and we begin to read about the Lord's
Supper. "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and
blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them and said, 'Take; this
is my body.' "

"Take." The word begins to sink in. Lord, you have given your
life for us. And your surpassing love is offered for us to take.
Out of the fullness of this love, your call for our lives takes
form, keeping time with the rhythm of all creation.

Let us pause this day, allowing our hearts to feel the love we
are invited just to take. And let us experience, too, the
wondrous mystery of the love that embraces not only us, but
all of God's creation. "Take," our Savior says. You seek
direction for your life? "Take."

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.1989

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