Archive for January, 2013

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 13:4a, 6b-8a

Thursday, January 30, 2013 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

1 Corinthians 13:4a, 6b-8a – Love is patient; love is kind…love rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Our daily work at the Church Health Center helps people through challenging journeys toward health and wellness.  We work to instill hope in an environment that is patient, kind and respectful of each individual’s worth as a child of God. We deliver good medicine and good science with ample doses of love.

Prayer: Steadfast God, be with each of us as we serve your children today. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Jeremiah 1 6-8

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Jeremiah 1 6-8 – Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, do not be afraid of them for I am with you says the LORD.”

We may not be prophets like Jeremiah, but I am reminded by this passage of the importance of listening carefully to God’s conversation in our lives.

Prayer: Gracious God, help our ears better hear and our souls better understand the conversation you are having with us. Amen.

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

Monday, January 28, 2013 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Can you believe January is almost over? Scriptures from the lectionary for this week include: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:21-30.

Jeremiah 1:1-2 – Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Even in my adulthood, I often struggle to be understood. I take great comfort knowing that God understands me perfectly. Created by God. Fully known by God.

Prayer: Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. You love us more than we love ourselves. Thank you. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 4:18-19

Friday, January 25, 2013 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Luke 4:18-19And Jesus read from Isaiah saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Imprisonment and blindness can be both literal and metaphorical. Regardless, if one is relieved of their imprisonment or blindness healing has taken place. Once again, scripture supports the centrality of healing as a part of Christ’s ministry.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to be healing presences for all we see today and every day. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 12:29-31

Thursday, January 24, 2013 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

1 Corinthians 12:29-31Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts.

And what are those gifts? Well, immediately following verse 31 is 1 Corinthians 13 where the greater gifts are faith, hope and love. Let us strive toward those gifts together.

Prayer: Loving God, deepen our faith, raise our hope and increase our capacity to love. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 19:1-4a

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Psalm 19:1-4aThe heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Do you want to find God? This passage reminds us that finding God is as simple as looking around you, at the wonder of creation, at the cry of small child, at the glorious everydayness that we so often take for granted.

Prayer: Creator God, help our eyes see you as wind blows through our hair, as rain falls on our face, and as a stranger smiles at us. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Nehemiah 8:5-6

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Interesting and familiar passages are contained in the lectionary passages for this week including: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a and Luke 4:14-21.

Nehemiah 8:5-6And Ezra opened the book of the law in sight of the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

In my religious practice, prayer has been a simple act of quiet reflection with my head bowed and my hands in my lap. But this passage reminds me that prayer can not only involve my mind but it can also involve my body.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us pray to you with all our being. Amen.

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