Archive for December, 2012

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

Monday, December 31, 2012 – Epiphany, Year C

Sunday, January 6 is known as Epiphany. The season of Epiphany celebrates several events. Epiphany marks the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus, that time when Jesus was first made known to the Gentiles. The baptism of Jesus is also celebrated during Epiphany, which will be the subject of next week’s scriptures.  The lectionary texts for this week include Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12.

Matthew 2:1-5In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

A multitude of the heavenly host visited lowly shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, and a star guided Gentiles to the newborn child. God was revealed through the person of Jesus to laborers as well as wealthy travelers from a land far away.

Prayer: Understanding God, we live in a time when it is easy to place people into neat boxes according to preconceived notions. Keep us mindful that your arms are stretched wide. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Colossians 3:16

Friday, December 28, 2012 – Christmas Week 2012

Colossians 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

I love the familiar hymns of Christmas. I tend to know them better, sing them louder and smile while singing them. My prayer for each of you is that through this season of miracles, you have experienced Christ dwelling in you richly.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us sense your presence so that the life-song we sing is authored by you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Colossians 3:13-14

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Christmas Week 2012

Colossians 3:13-14Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

So much of the language of faith references how people of faith are to live in community. For those times when living in community is difficult, we are reminded by today’s passage that forgiveness should rule.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to be more forgiving people and help us to be people who are easy to forgive. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Colossians 3:12

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – Christmas Week 2012

Colossians 3:12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

This passage is one of the guiding scriptures for us at the Church Health Center. We hope these virtues guide us in how we respond to and interact with our patients, members, donors and volunteers. Equally important, these virtues should dictate our actions toward one another.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to be the people you want us to be. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 2:5-7

Monday, December 24, 2012 – Christmas Week, 2012

Luke 2:5-7Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The image of Jesus’ humble beginnings is powerful. Consider the immigrants among you today. Consider the children being born today in modern day mangers far away from home. Pray for all of them.

Prayer: Almighty God, much of the hope of this world rests in bundles of innocence being born at this time. Help us create a world that is safer, more nurturing and more loving for each of them. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Micah 5:4-5

Friday, December 21, 2012 – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Micah 5:4-5And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.  And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

Your Advent journey is about to come to an end, but your journey with God is beginning anew.  God incarnate will be here soon.   Be fervent in your prayers, gentle with one another and know that God, your Creator, remains steadfast by your side today and always.

Prayer: Gracious, loving God, you have always been with us, but we are often blind to your presence.  Guide us where you would have us go.  Help us to move closer to you and toward your plan for us.  Amen.  

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 1:52-53

Thursday, December 20, 2012 – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Luke 1:52-53He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

We are approaching a season of great feasts when many good things will be on our tables.  Yet our feasts often fall short when it comes to the health considerations of those around the table.  Will there be people around your table watching their cholesterol or their fat intake?  Will you host anyone with diabetes?  Be mindful of the health concerns around your Christmas table, and plan today for choices that all can enjoy. 

Prayer: Loving God, help us create a Christmas season that is welcoming to and mindful of all who might visit.  Amen.

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