Archive for October, 2012

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ruth 1:16

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Proper 26/Ordinary 31, Year B

Ruth 1:16But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!  Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.

This is a wonderful verse on loyalty and friendship.  I hope each of you has someone in your life who is your Ruth.  If so, thank God for that person today.  If not, pray that God sends someone to you.

Prayer: Loving God, we give thanks today for special friends who love and support us at all times and stand by our sides during those times when adversity is in our lives.  Amen.

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 11:43-44

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – Proper 26/Ordinary 31, Year B

John 11:43-44When Jesus had said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him and let him go.”

What struck me in reading this passage is the partnership between Jesus and the family.  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, then the family is asked to unbind him.  Likewise, our hands working together with God’s healing presence can perform miracles.

Prayer: Healer God, thank you for opportunities to help free our neighbors from those things which bind them.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Revelation 21:1-2

Monday, October 29, 2012 – Proper 26/Ordinary 31, Year B

There are two sets of scriptures I am looking at for this week.  The lectionary selections for Sunday include: Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14 and Mark 12:28-34.  Alternate passages include Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Psalm 119:1-8.  Thursday is All Saints Day and those scriptures include: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a and John 11:32-44.

Revelation 21:1-2Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I first read this passage 30 years ago, and it has been a personal favorite ever since.  I feel that part of our responsibility as people of faith is to help usher in this new Jerusalem by caring or one another in radical ways.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us help one another in ways that bring glory to you.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 10:48-49

Friday, October 26, 2012 – Proper 25/Ordinary 30, Year B

Mark 10:48-49Many sternly ordered Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.”  And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

A blind man sitting on the side of the road calls out to Jesus for help, and the disciples try to silence him.  “Don’t bother the Teacher,” they seem to be saying.  Other times they seem to say, “This isn’t the proper place or the right time for healing.”  This scene plays out with different characters, time and time again in scripture.  People walking beside Jesus, hearing him firsthand, fail to understand him.  Jesus asks us to care for one another.  Jesus asks us to be healing presences for one another.

Prayer: Patient God, we live by agendas and habits that are of our own making.  Remain by us, gently nudging us toward your will.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 10:46b-48

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Proper 25/Ordinary 30, Year B

Mark 10:46b-48As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”   Many sternly ordered Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When I first read this passage, what struck me was not that Bartimaeus cried out the first time but that he cried out the second time as people were trying to silence him.  Just as Bartimaeus cried out for his healing, we have to advocate for our own healing. 

Prayer: Healer God, give strength to our voice so that we can find the healing we need.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 34:19-20

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – Proper 25/Ordinary 30, Year B

Psalm 34:19-20Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.  He keeps their bones; not one of them will be broken.

Long after our flesh has gone, our bones will remain.  This passage reminds me that God’s love and care for us transcends this world.  While our lives will have pains and trials, we are never left to face those challenges alone.

Prayer: Steadfast God, thank you for remaining by our side at all times.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Job 42:13-15

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – Proper 25/Ordinary 20, Year B

Job 42:13-15Job also had seven sons and three daughters.  He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.  In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.

I think this passage is one of those sweet finds you have from time to time when you are reading through the lectionary.  Job left an inheritance to his daughters along with his sons.  This act was certainly not necessary in Job’s day.  Another “rule” broken. 

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to act toward one another in ways that bring your will to the forefront.  Amen.


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