Friday, August 22, 2104
Matthew 16:16-18 – Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
It was just a few chapters earlier when we read about Peter’s doubt as he walked on the water toward Jesus. In a few more chapters, Peter will deny Jesus three times. And yet, Peter remains one of the most significant leaders of the Christian faith.
Loving God, help us to see ourselves with the same love and optimism that you see when you look at us. Amen.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Romans 12:4-5 – For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.
One of the most influential things I have learned is that all of us should consider ourselves as ministers. In other words, we should see our various roles in life as outward reflections of our faith, regardless of our actual job descriptions or responsibilities.
Understanding God, help us to show our faith through our actions toward others. Amen.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Psalm 138:3, 8 – On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.
These are two wonderful verses. God strengthens us so we can live our faith even when doing so might not be safe. God also blesses us by remaining by our side ready and able to help us.
Sustainer God, help us to sense your presence in our lives in the good times as well as the bad times. Amen.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Isaiah 51:1-2 – Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.
I love the imagery of this passage that advises us to look to the foundation on which our faith was built. Look to Abraham and Sarah, and acknowledge that we are children of God, each and every one of us.
Creator God, help us to remember those people in our lives who helped us form our faith in you. Amen.
Published August 19, 2014
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Monday, August 18, 2014
The infant Moses, a favorite chapter from the book of Romans and Peter are featured in this week’s lectionary selections. Those passages include: Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Psalm 124, Isaiah 51:1-6 and Psalm 138, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20.
Exodus 2:9-10 – Pharaoh’s daughter said to the Hebrew nurse, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Despite her father’s wish that all male children be thrown into the Nile, Pharaoh’s daughter had pity on the little boy. This small act of both defiance and compassion changed a life, and changed the world.
Almighty God, give us strength so that we can always do what is right, especially when it is difficult or dangerous. Amen.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Matthew 15:25-28 – But the Canaanite woman came and knelt before Jesus, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The woman had great faith to be sure, but she also displayed great persistence in seeking help for her daughter. The passage reminds us that as people of faith, we should seek to be a voice for the voiceless among us.
Gracious God, help us to be better advocates for those people among us who need help getting the care they need. Amen.