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Thought & Prayer for Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, 2010 – 2 Timothy 1:5-7

2 Timothy 1:5-7 – [Paul is writing.] I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Paul speaks of the spiritual inheritance Timothy received from his mother and grandmother. He then asks him to reclaim it. Who are the people of faith in your life who have blessed you? Give thanks for them today.

Prayer: Almighty God, for encouraging my faith in you, I give thanks this day for ________. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, 2010 – Psalm 3:24-26

Psalm 3:24-26 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

The Encarta Dictionary offers one definition of portion as meaning fate – “an unavoidable event or part of somebody’s life.” I think this opens up the passage for us. God is an unavoidable part of our lives therefore we will wait for God.

Prayer: Ever-present God, grant us patience so that we might always seek your will for our lives. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, 2010 – Lamentations 3:19-23

Lamentations 3:19-23The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

One of my favorite hymns, Great is Thy Faithfulness, is based on verses 22 and 23 of this passage. Despite the sadness over the loss of Jerusalem, the writer continues to give glory and honor to God, acknowledging as in the hymn, “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”

Prayer: Steadfast God, while we struggle with short attention spans, your love for us is never-ending. Thank you for this day and all the possibilities for service it brings. AMEN.

Picture for Ordinary 22 & Proper 27, 2010 – Lamentations 3:19

The thought of my afflictions and homelessness is wormwood and gall!

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Thought & Prayer for Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, 2010 – 1 Timothy 6:10-12

1 Timothy 6:10-12 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Paul instructs his trusted Timothy that it is easy to place money and other pursuits in front of God, sometimes with disastrous results. By telling him to “…fight the good fight of the faith,” Paul suggests that the path of faith won’t always be an easy one, but Paul assures him, and us, that the life of faith is ultimately worth the effort.

Prayer: Understanding God, help us live above the fray so that we might be the disciples you would have us be. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, 2010 – 1 Timothy 6:6-9

1 Timothy 6:6-9 – Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

I can’t remember the origin of the song, but I recall a line that went, “Life’s simple pleasures are the best.” And then there’s the Baloo the bear in the Jungle Book singing, “Look for the bear necessities, the simple bear necessities…”

Prayer: Gracious God, we give you thanks for the sustenance with which you will provide us this day. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, 2010 – Psalm 146:4-8

Psalm 146:4-8Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

The psalmist assures us that God, our creator, feeds us, heals us and frees us. God also opens our eyes and helps us stand up straight. The psalmist implores us to place our trust in God, “who keeps faith forever.”

Prayer: Faithful God, you have more faith in us than we have in ourselves. Help us see ourselves as you see us. AMEN.

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