Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Luke 7:4-5

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Luke 7:4-5When the religious leaders came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He (the centurion) is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”

Words are powerful with the ability to be healing or hurtful.  The centurion’s attitude toward the people was supported by his deeds.  We are reminded today that actions can speak louder than words.

Gracious God, help us to ‘walk our talk’ as we work to be the faithful, loving people you want us to be.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Luke 7:2-3

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Luke 7:2-3A centurion in Capernaum had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.  When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.

I wish I knew more of the details of this Roman soldier.  While a leader of an occupying military force, this man befriended the religious leaders of Capernaum in a way that led them to advocate on his behalf.

Loving God, help us to be more kind to one another.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – 1 Kings 18:22

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1 Kings 18:22Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty.

I can’t imagine being as alone and vulnerable as Elijah was at this moment.  It made me wonder about how many people we pass each day who feel as though they are around no one who cares for them.

Loving God, help us to be beacons of your love today and every day.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – 1 Kings 18:20-21

Monday, May 23, 2016

Elijah offers a challenge to the prophets of Baal, and Jesus heals a centurion’s slave in the passages for this coming Sunday.  Those lectionary selections include: 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 and Psalm 96, 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 and Psalm 96:1-9, Galatians 1:1-12, and Luke 7:1-10.

1 Kings 18:20-21So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.  Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word.

If you are like me, you approach difficult decisions by collecting and analyzing information.  My personal challenge is often making the actual decision in light of the available facts.

Understanding God, give us discerning minds so that we can make the decisions you wish us to make.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – John 16:13

Friday, May 20, 2016

John 16:13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

We can’t sit at Jesus’ feet, and for most of us, God’s voice is nuanced when heard at all.  Our final image is of the Spirit as our guide into an ever-widening understanding of God’s will for us.

Understanding God, tune our ears to the urgings of your Spirit in our lives.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Romans 5:5

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Romans 5:5…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Another wonderful image is offered to us today.  I visualize God’s love in a huge pitcher that is easily able to fill our hearts to overflowing with the love that only God can provide.

God of abundant love, refresh our spirits today so that we can serve our brothers and sisters more fully.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Romans 5:3-4

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Romans 5:3-4And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…

I am in a training this week that can help me become a certified peer recovery specialist or CPRS.  A CPRS uses his or her lived experience with mental illness and or an addiction in ways that instill hope in others.

Loving God, help all of us to be agents of hope for those around us.  Amen.


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