Archive for February 21st, 2011

Birds of the Air – Matthew 6:26a

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns…

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Lillies of the Field – Matthew 6:28

And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lillies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin…

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 49:49-16a

Monday, February 21, 2011 – Epiphany 8, Year A

As we approach the eighth Sunday after Epiphany, we are nearing the end of this liturgical season. This week we explore our trust in the steadfast presence of God in our lives. The scripture passages include Isaiah 49:8-16a; Psalm 131; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 and Matthew 6:24-34.

Isaiah 49:49-16aCan a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.

During funerals, in hospital waiting rooms, in church, in many settings, I have seen loved ones desperately clutching something in their hands that reminds them of someone dear in their lives. This is the image I get when I think of us as being inscribed in the palms of God’s hands.

Prayer: Steadfast God, we know of so many people struggling because someone dear to them is in pain. Help those for whom we are concerned sense your never-ending presence in their lives. AMEN.

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