Archive for February, 2012



Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Kings 2:1-2

Monday, February 13, 2012 – Transfiguration Sunday, Year B

Next Sunday will be the last Sunday of Epiphany, and it is known as Transfiguration Sunday. The lectionary selections for include: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9.

2 Kings 2:1-2Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

I am fortunate to have several Elisha’s in my life…family and friends who would stay with me no matter what. Think of Elisha’s in your life today, and give thanks to God for them.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for those people in our lives on whom we can count to be with us through all of life’s ups and downs. Help us be better Elisha’s in their lives, too. AMEN.

Walking to the Cross, My Lenten Devotional

Walking to the Cross is a 40-day devotional designed for the Christian season of Lent. It invites you to make walking, reflecting and prayer a part of your daily Lenten practice. Just as Jesus traveled the long journey to the cross, we believe that walking is an act of spiritual and physical devotion.

To learn more about Walking to the Cross or for information on how to order copies visit Walking to the Cross.

To learn about our other Lenten devotionals visit Seasoning Lent on Church Health Reader.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 1:40-42

Friday, February 10, 2012 – Epiphany 6, Year B

Mark 1:40-42A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”

Jesus healed the leper, but in making him clean he was also restoring his relationship with both God and his community. For Jesus, healing was not only an act of curing, but it was also an act of restoration.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us be restorative presences for those who come before this day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Thursday, February 9, 2012 – Epiphany 6, Year B

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

Paul uses the analogy of competing in a race several times in his writings. In these verses, Paul admonishes us to work both hard and intentionally in our own efforts to build God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Steadfast God, in this race we call life, we thank you for always being by our side as we seek to bring healing to your creation. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Kings 5:12-14

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 – Epiphany 6, Year B

Naaman expresses disappointment in Elisha’s “prescription” for curing his leprosy in 2 Kings 5:12-14Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you have not done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Naaman thought the Jordan River was an unlikely instrument for healing, but God often works through the unlikely to bring amazing acts of healing and grace.

Prayer: Trusting God, most of us are unlikely instruments, but we ask you this day to bless our efforts on your behalf so that those efforts will reflect your will. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Kings 5:9-11

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – Epiphany 6, Year B

2 Kings 5:9-11So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to him saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became angry and went away saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!”

Have you ever been to a physician with the express purpose of “getting an antibiotic” for your illness? I have, and those times when the physician felt an antibiotic wasn’t needed, I have left the office visit feeling cheated, as though my time had been wasted. Paths to our healing don’t always follow the course we have laid out.

Prayer: Loving God, healing can take many forms. Be with all the healers among us this and every day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Kings 5:1

Monday, February 6, 2012 – Epiphany 6, Year B

We are approaching the sixth Sunday in Epiphany, and the liturgical season of Lent is almost here. The lectionary selections for this week include: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and Mark 1:40-45.

2 Kings 5:1Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy.

Several scriptures this week focus on leprosy. Leprosy is a disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae that affects the skin, eyes, peripheral nerves and other organs. Thanks to multidrug treatments and organizations like the World Health Organization, leprosy is reaching levels in many countries where it is now considered eliminated.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the men and women who work tirelessly on behalf of their brothers and sisters to bring healing to all in this world. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 1:37-39

Friday, February 3, 2012 – Epiphany 5, Year B

Jesus leaves the crowds after dark and goes to a deserted place to pray. The disciples search for him and we pick up the story in Mark 1:37-39When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Jesus will instruct his disciples time and time again to preach, teach and heal. In doing this, he is asking them to follow his example: Proclaim the message! Heal the sick!

Prayer: Almighty God, be with us this day as we seek, in our own unique ways, to proclaim your message and bring healing to our neighbors. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 1:29-31

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Epiphany 5, Year B

Mark 1:29-31As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

The Gospel of Mark is not even 30 verses old, and Jesus is performing his second healing. In verse 34, Mark reports that Jesus “…cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons…” Healing was an integral part of Jesus’ ministry.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for your healing presence this and every day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 – Epiphany 5, Year B

1 Corinthians 9:19-22For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, to that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.

Have you ever had a friend you described to others with the line, “That person can get along with anyone!” It takes a special person to consistently meet people where they are in a genuine, non-judgmental way. I think this is what Paul is asking of us in this passage.

Prayer: Understanding God, help us embrace each other’s diversity as well as our own uniqueness. AMEN.


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