Archive for October, 2010

Picture for Proper 24 & Ordinary 29, 2010 – Psalm 121:1

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?

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Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – Luke 17:14-16

Luke 17:14-16When [Jesus] saw [the ten lepers], he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.

The Samaritan is the only one of the ten who shows his appreciation for the healing he was granted. This passage reminds each of us to adopt an attitude of gratitude for those around us and for God.

Prayer: Patient God, you offer us so much, yet so often you get so little from us in return. Give us more grateful hearts. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:13-14

2 Kings 5:13-14 But [Naaman’s] servants approached 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 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 [Elisha]; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Naaman thought the rivers in his country superior so bathing in the Jordan River seemed to be an unlikely treatment. In this day of nearly unlimited access to both good and bad health information, we have to be prepared to accept that sometimes the treatment for what is ailing us is relatively simple…a change in diet or adding more exercise to our daily regimen are but two examples.

Prayer: Steadfast God, keep us mindful of the ways we can impact our own health in positive ways. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:2-3

2 Kings 5:2-3Now 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 were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Who would think I young girl could provide information that could lead to healing? The passage reminds us that each of us can be a healing presence others. In our Congregational Health Promoter program, we train a variety of people, primarily lay people, to become reliable sources of health information so that they can minister to members of their faith community.

Prayer: Loving God, bless all among us who seek to help us in our journeys toward healthier lives. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:1-3

2 Kings 5:1-3Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy.

Naaman suffered from a disease that made most others of his time outcasts. Despite living in a time of more enlightenment about disease and disease transmission, we still make outcasts of some of God’s children who are suffering.

Prayer: Gracious God, keep us mindful of our own frailties and help us be more compassionate to those who are suffering. AMEN.

Picture for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – Jeremiah 29:5

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

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Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – Jeremiah 29:5-7

The lectionary readings for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost include the story of Naaman, one of my favorite healing stories in all scripture. The readings include: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19. Alternate passages include 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c and Psalm 111.

Jeremiah 29:5-7 – [God is speaking to the people of Jerusalem exiled in Babylon.] Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters…multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Are each of us where God wants us to be? The honest answer for most of us is probably maybe or maybe not. The passage tells us to work toward building God’s kingdom wherever we are.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us be instruments of your peace this and every day. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Ordinary 22 & Proper 27, 2010 – Luke 17:5-6

Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Our scriptures this week have had prophets agonizing over losses suffered and then saying that it is good to “wait quietly” for God (Psalm 34:26). While it is easy to speak of the deep and abiding faith of prophets and psalmists, Jesus reminds us in Luke today that great faith is not needed…just faith.

Prayer: Loving God, instill in us an enduring faith that will assure us throughout the trials and tribulations of life. AMEN.

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