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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