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Thought & Prayer for Proper 9 & Ordinary 14, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:13-14

2 Kings 5:13-14But [Naaman’s] servants approached him and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Once again, sound advice is given to Naaman not by professionals but by concerned lay people, in this case Naaman’s servants. At Church Health Center we are currently training 35 Congregational Health Promoters to be reliable and helpful conduits of health and wellness information to the members of their congregations.

Prayer: Loving God, help us understand how we might be better resources to help and advise your children. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 9 & Ordinary 14, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:9-11a, 12

2 Kings 5:9-11a, 12 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a message to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “…Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the rivers of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage.

One problem with the instant availability of information on the internet is that we can often consider our partial knowledge as full. Naaman didn’t think the prescription offered by Elisha was adequate because of his preconceived notions.

Prayer: God of all understanding, give us discerning minds so that we may know good information from poor information. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 9 & Ordinary 14, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:2-4

This is a wonderful week of scriptures for those interested in the connection between faith and health. We are introduced to one of my favorite healing stories, that of Naaman. In addition, Paul instructs us on how to live as people of faith, and Jesus reminds us that “the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few…” Scriptures include 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Alternate passages include Isaiah 66:10-14 and Psalm 66:1-9.

2 Kings 5:2-4Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord (Naaman, commander of the army of Aram) were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.

In this passage, truth is spoken by a young girl. This unlikely source of information suggests Naaman go see the prophet Elisha in Samaria. It reminds us to listen carefully for the truth, because truth can be revealed through sources we don’t expect.

Prayer: Gracious God, help tune our ears to your truth in all the ways in which it is revealed to us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 8 & Ordinary 13, 2010 – Psalm 16:7-9, 11

Psalm 16:7-9, 11 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

I wanted to end the week with this passage because it highlights for us one more time how our faith and our health are intimately connected. While we are getting our rest, we are being instructed. When our souls rejoice, our bodies rest secure.

Prayer: Almighty God, illuminate your path toward life so that we might experience true joy. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 8 & Ordinary 13, 2010 – Galatians 5:22-23, 25

Galatians 5:22-23, 25By contrast, the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against such things. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

On Monday, I mentioned we would be reading about fruits of the Spirit this week. A friend reminded me that the word used in Galatians is singular not plural. She commented that if you live a Spirit-filled life, you cannot have one without the others.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us live Spirit-filled lives so that we might be of best service to you and others. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 8 & Ordinary 13, 2010 – Galatians 5:1, 13-14

Galatians 5:1, 13-14For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Paul reminds us that we are called to a radical love for one another, to become as slaves to one another. As people come before you today, contemplate how this passage informs your interaction with them.

Prayer: Understanding God, you call us to a deeper level of love for one another that can be uncomfortable for us. Continue to nudge us toward your will. AMEN.

Creating a Healthier Environment in Your Congregation

My friends at have posted an article by Leigh Devries that offers tips to making your church building a healthy place for all.

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