Archive for November, 2011

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 85:10-13

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

Psalm 85:10-13Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

The psalmist provides a beautiful image of God’s coming peaceable kingdom…a world filled with love, truth and justice for all.

Prayer: God of peace, speak to us so that we might be the peacemakers you want us to be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Churc Health Center – Psalm 85:8-9

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

Psalm 85:8-9Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

“Come Lord, come, and bring peace to all your people,” is part of our Advent prayer and expectation. Until that day, visualize peace and live into that vision as if it were reality.

Prayer: Loving God, today we pray for the lasting peace that only you can bring. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 40:1, 3-5

Monday, November 28, 2012 – Second Week of Advent, Year B

The lectionary selections for this week of Advent include: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8.

Isaiah 40:1, 3-5Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God…A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

We live in a violent world where people commit heinous acts toward one another. You only have to turn on a newscast or open a paper to see examples. And yet as people of faith, I think we are asked to embrace the vision of this passage and prepare the way of the Lord.

Prayer: Almighty God, be with us in our collective efforts to make the uneven ground level for those we serve today. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 13:31-33

Friday, November 25, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Mark 13:31-33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

What I hear when I read these words is that just as God is faithful, we too are to be faithful at all times. It challenges us to lead lives that anticipate God’s presence around every corner and in every face.

Prayer: Gracious God, we don’t know the day or hour of your return, but we ask you for strength today so that we will act in ways that are true to your will. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 1:9a

Thursday, November 24, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year A

1 Corinthians 1:9aGod is faithful.

This passage is certainly short and simple, but isn’t it powerful? God is loyal, devoted and trustworthy. God is dependable and dedicated. God is true and authentic.

Prayer: Steadfast God, on this Thanksgiving Day, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings you have bestowed on us…blessings of family, friends and food, too. We give you thanks for your constant presence and we ask for you to continue nudging us into the people you would have us be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 80:19

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Psalm 80:19Restore us O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Advent is a time of restoration…restoration of ourselves and restoration of God’s creation. Each of us has a vision of God’s kingdom. We should try to order our lives and our actions in ways which live into that vision.

Prayer: Loving God, make us instruments of restoration. Make us peacemakers. Make us good stewards of the gifts you have given us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 1:3-4

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 First Sunday of Advent, Year B

1 Corinthians 1:3-4Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus…

It is a scripture for Advent, but knowing that many are reading this before Thanksgiving, I felt it was an appropriate passage for this morning. “I give thanks to my God ALWAYS for you,” are Paul’s words. Today, take a moment and consider the people in your life for whom you are thankful.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for bringing faithful people in our lives. May we continue to see you reflected in their faces. AMEN.


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