Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:13-14

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Luke 14:13-14“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Jesus clearly admonishes us to help one another.  In today’s passage, Jesus asks us to pay special attention to those who are the weakest and most vulnerable.

Loving God, help us to be mindful of those less fortunate than we are.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:11

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Luke 14:11“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Living faithfully is not simply about believing a particular set of tenets.  Paul tells us in Romans 12 that our faith should change us inwardly.  Our passage today reminds us that part of that change is in how we relate to one another.

God of peace, help us to reach out to our brothers and sisters in ways that honor our faith in you.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:8-9

Monday, August 22, 2016

The lectionary selections for this week include: Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81:1, 10-16Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7 and Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Luke 14:8-9“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.”

I think that a part of our faith practice is keeping ourselves and our egos in proper perspective.  To be sure, this can be difficult.  For me, it helps to remember that we are brothers and sisters given life by one God.

Creator God, keep us humble as we work to serve one another today.  Amen.

Proper 16 (21) 2016 – Luke 13:14

Friday, August 19, 2016

Luke 13:14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.”

Time and time again, Jesus demonstrated radical care for those less fortunate.  As people of faith, we are challenged to place our brothers and sisters needs first even when that goes against societal and religious norms.

Creator God, strengthen us so that we may serve one another boldly.  Amen.

Proper 16 (21) 2016 – Jeremiah 1:6-7

Thursday, August 16, 2016

Jeremiah 1:6-7Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”  But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.”

For me, there are two messages coming from this passage.  God is saying ‘trust me.’  God is also saying believe in yourself.

Creator God, help us to love ourselves as we love others.  Amen.

Proper 16 (21) 2016 – Jeremiah 1:4-5

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jeremiah 1:4-5Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Through the years, I have thought about being called to the work I am doing as though it is a singular thing…searching for the one service God wants me to do.  What I have found more helpful is to consider what God wants me to do at this moment by trying to find a way to serve in whatever vocational situation I am in.

Loving God, help us to find ways to express our faith in you through service to one another.  Amen.

Proper 16 (21) 2016 – Isaiah 58:11

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Isaiah 58:11The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

While in college, I spent a week studying desert ecology in Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas.  It was stunningly beautiful in its dryness.  That said, I couldn’t help but think of the dramatic effect rain can have on a desert.  Pardon the ads, but if you have a minute to view this video, enjoy God’s beautiful bounty.

Creator God, replenish our hearts and refuel our minds as we seek to serve our brothers and sisters today.  Amen.

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