Archive for November, 2010

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 72:1-2, 4, 6

Tuesday November 30, 2010 – Advent 2, Year A

Psalm 72:1-2, 4, 6Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice…May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor…May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

We live in communities, and these communities have leadership structures. The Psalm reminds us that for peace to reign, cooperation from these leaders is necessary. The Psalm is a wonderful prayer for our leaders.

Prayer: Almighty God, help our leaders sense your presence in their lives. May they seek your will in all they do. AMEN.

Daily Devotional from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 11:7-9

Monday, November 29, 2010 – Advent 2, Year A

Wonderful images of peace continue as we approach the second Sunday of Advent. Our lectionary passages for this week include: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12

Isaiah 11:7-9The cow and the bear graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Meat-eating animals will become plant-eating animals! Children will play with poisonous snakes and not get hurt! Today, we pray for God’s intentional activity among us to help usher in this perfect peace.

Prayer: Gracious God of peace, join us in all we do for your kingdom. Help us to sense your presence as we seek to do your will. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 2:5

Friday, November 26, 2010 – Advent 1, Year A

Isaiah 2:5“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!”

Our neighborhoods are filled with hunger, sickness and violence. Against this backdrop, we have been given a glimpse of God’s kingdom where weapons are turned into farm implements, where nations no longer engage in war. We have been challenged to live as active peacemakers. “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

Prayer: Gracious God, entrust us to your service as we seek to walk in your light at all times. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 24:36, 44

Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Advent 1, Year A

Matthew 24:36, 44“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father…Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

Christians differ greatly on their vision of Christ’s second coming, but we are asked to think about that time during the Advent season. We are asked to be at the ready. More to the point, I think we are asked to always act in ways that build up God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Merciful God, bless us to your service. May our actions build up your kingdom. Forgive us when we do otherwise, and gently nudge us back toward your will. AMEN.

An Advent Devotional on Church Health Reader

If you are looking for an Advent devotional, you might consider one I wrote. It can be found here.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 2:4b

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – Advent 1, Year C

Isaiah 2:4b“…nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

During my church’s worship service each Sunday, the congregation stands and states an Affirmation of Community where we pledge certain actions toward our neighbors near and far. My favorite line is, “We will not be skeptical that peace can come.”

Prayer: Loving God, help us see the world as you would have it, and make us instruments of your peace. AMEN.

Church Health Reader to Focus on Parenting & Pregnancy

Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are a time of family for many people. Throughout this season, Church Health Reader will focus on parenting, in particular on pregnancy. In the coming weeks, you will see various articles around these topics.

My friends at Church Health Reader begin this week with an interview with Kimberly Hahn about the importance of a healthy family. To read the interview, click here.

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