Archive for December, 2010

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 1:10-11

Friday, December 31, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

John 1:10-11He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

As this second Sunday of the Christmas season passes, we know that ahead of us are the seasons of Epiphany, Lent and Easter. We begin to follow what is to become the very short yet amazingly influential life of Jesus.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us better understand the life and teachings of Jesus so that we might better become the people you would have us be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 1:14

Thursday, December 30, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

God became one of us through his son Jesus. No one understands the joy, the pain and the complexities of our individual lives more than God. This is the awesome gift of Christmas.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us accept that you know and understand our every need. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 147:12-14

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

Psalm 147:12-14Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest wheat.

‘Praise God for everything he has done for you!’ implores the Psalmist. As we approach the end of the year, take a moment to praise God for the blessings which have been bestowed upon you this year.

Prayer: Almighty God, for your steadfast presence in our lives this year, we give you thanks. AMEN.

Daily Devotional from the Church Health Center – Jeremiah 31:9

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

Jeremiah 31:9They come home, weeping as they come, but I will comfort them and be their escort. I will lead them to flowing streams; they shall not stumble, their path will be so smooth. For I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my eldest son. (New English Version)

This passage provided me with two images of God…one of God gently stroking the head of someone crying into his shoulder and one of God holding someone’s upper arm assisting them along a path.

Prayer: Gracious God, following your example, help us be comforting presences to all of your people today and every day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Jeremiah 31:8

Monday, December 27, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

We are approaching the second Sunday after Christmas Day, and the lectionary offers us the following passages: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14 and John 1:(1-9), 10-18. Alternative selections are from the Apocrypha and include Sirach 24:1-12 and Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21.

Jeremiah 31:8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, then shall return here.

God is promising the people of Israel and Judah that he “…will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors…” (Jeremiah 30:3). And not just the able bodied, but those who might be considered a burden to the others – the sick, the pregnant, the mothers with young children.

Prayer: Loving God, following your example, help us better care for all of your people today and every day. AMEN.

Picture for Christmas 2, Year A – John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 2:13-14

Friday, December 24, 2010 – Christmas 1, Year A

Matthew 2:13-14Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt.

In these eleven verses of Matthew, Joseph listens to and takes the advice of angels three times. It is my prayer that each of us have just a portion of the faith of Joseph, to act when we sense God speaking to us.

Prayer: Understanding God, give us ears to hear your still small voice in our lives. AMEN.

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