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.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 64:8

Monday, November 21, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Sunday will herald the beginning of Advent. Advent is a time of great anticipation both of Christ’s birth and Christ’s eventual return. For the first Sunday of Advent the lectionary texts include: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Mark 13:24-37.

Isaiah 64:8Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

I love the imagery of God as potter and us as clay. But unlike a potter spinning a pot, our role in the design is not passive. We listen for God and seek to live into the plan God has for us.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to be better seekers of your will so that we might be the people you want us to be. AMEN.

Praying Through Advent – A Devotional

My daily devotional will continue to look toward the upcoming Sunday. I wrote a devotional called Praying Through Advent that was published on Church Health Reader. It offers a thought and prayer for each day of Advent and is based on the Year C lectionary readings. If you or someone you know is interested in an Advent devotional, I hope you will consider Praying Through Advent.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:45

Friday, November 18, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Too often we talk about sin in language that emphasizes our negative actions toward each other. This passage reminds us of our sins of omission. Honestly, it is those sins about which I worry the most.

Prayer: Understanding God, you are steadfast in your love of us. Give us strength to be more steadfast in our care of each other. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Thursday, November 17, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:34-36, 40Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

All of us are members of God’s family. God is mysteriously yet intricately woven into each of us so that by serving each other, we are also serving God.

Prayer: Ever-present God, keep us mindful that your children surround us. Help us act toward them as we would act toward you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ephesians 1:15-16

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Ephesians 1:15-16I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that in addition to giving thanks to God, we need to give thanks for each other. Take a moment today to remember those special people in your life whether they be family, friends, coworkers or maybe even strangers in whom you see God’s presence.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for letting us see your light shining through people around us each day. AMEN.


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