Archive for February, 2012

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 22:23-24

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Psalm 22:23-24You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

Each week, a prayer service is held where employees, patients and members pray for the healing of themselves and others. Throughout scripture as in this Psalm, we are assured that God doesn’t turn from us in our time of need and that God hears our prayers.

Prayer: Healing God, we thank you for your steadfast, healing presence in our lives and for hearing both our spoken and unspoken prayers. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Genesis 17:15-16

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Genesis 17:15-16 – God said to Abraham, “As for Sarah your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.

Dr. White was a full–time volunteer physician at the Church Health Center well into his eighties. I couldn’t help but think of Dr. White and his wife Sarah after reading the lectionary selection from Genesis this week. A ninety-nine year old became the father of many nations by a wife who was similarly aged, and an octogenarian used his healing skills well past retirement caring for God’s children. In God’s world, anything is possible.

Prayer: Loving God, we ask a special blessing for the senior members of our community. May each of them continue to feel a vital part of your kingdom. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Genesis 17:1a, 3-5

Monday, February 27, 2012 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

We are approaching the second Sunday in the season of Lent. The lectionary selections this week include: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38. An alternate Gospel reading is Mark’s account of the Transfiguration in Mark 9:2-9.

Genesis 17:1a, 3-5When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram…Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.

According to the website Wikipedia, Abraham means “father of many nations.” Today, think about what God’s name for you might be.

Prayer: Gracious God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to live into your vision of us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 1:9-13

Friday, February 24, 2012 – First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Mark 1:9-13In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan. And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Like Jesus in today’s scripture, we symbolically venture into the wilderness for forty days during Lent. Lent leads to Easter and the Resurrection, and it is my prayer that this season will be life-affirming to each of you.

Prayer: Steadfast God, thank you for walking beside us each day. Help us to know your true voice so that we won’t be distracted along the way. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 25:1, 4-5

Thursday, February 23, 2012 – First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. Lectionary readings for this Sunday include: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:9-15.

Psalm 25:1, 4-5To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul…Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

When I read these three verses, I thought of the hymn “Here I Am, Lord.” I think these verses make a wonderful prayer for each day, but they are especially meaningful during Lent.

“Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.” AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 6:19-21

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – Ash Wednesday, Year B

Matthew 6:19-21“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Part of the discipline of Lent is to take time to intentionally reassess our lives and our faith. It is a time to redefine our priorities.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to know your will. Give us the strength to act in ways which honor that knowledge. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 58:8-10

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Isaiah 58:8-10Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Elton John sang a song in The Lion King called “Circle of Life,” but I like the circle of life offered by today’s passage: Offer someone light, and see your light rise. Offer someone healing, and you will be healed, too.

Prayer: Healing God, help us be light-givers to each person we meet today. AMEN.

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