Archive for February, 2013

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 13:2-3

Thursday, February 28, 2013 – Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

Luke 13:2-3 – Jesus asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.”

Whether intentional or unintentional, we often make value judgments on those who are different from us. These value judgments often cloud our view of those left out of the systems of support we have in areas like access to health care or housing. Yet, the Jewish word for repent, teshuvah, means simply to return to God – return to the God whose steadfast love includes abundant pardon.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help our journey in life to always be toward you. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

Isaiah 55:8-9 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Try as we might, God can’t be fully understood, at least in this life. We can study God’s Word and listen to stirring sermons, but we also have to pay close attention to that part of God residing in us.

Prayer: Ever-present God, help attune our ears to your voice inside us. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 55:6-7

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – Third Sunday of Lent

Isaiah 55:6-7 – Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their ways, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Forgiveness can be difficult, and yet offering and receiving forgiveness can be an important step in one’s journey toward healing. While forgiveness is hard for us, this passage assures us that God not only forgives but does so abundantly.

Prayer: Steadfast God, bless our efforts to do your will. Forgive the many times we fall short. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 55:1

Monday, February 25, 2013 – Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

Isaiah 55:1 – Lo, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

A wine taster holds the glass of wine up to the light, swirls and sniffs the wine then savors a sip. In doing this, the essence of the wine is uncovered, its complexities discovered. Likewise, may we savor God’s Word.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us taste your Word so that it nourishes us as you desire. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Philippians 3:20-21

Friday, February 22, 2013 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year C

Philippians 3:20-21 – But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

One’s self image can be a help or a hindrance in their journey toward healthier living. Paul admonishes us to be proud of our shared heritage as children of heaven, reminding us that we are the body of Christ first.

Prayer: Sovereign God, help us take better care of ourselves, keeping us mindful that there is no shame in Christ’s body. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 9:33

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year C

Luke 9:33 – Just as they were leaving, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he said.

“Can’t we stay a little longer?” There is comfort in what is known, so it isn’t surprising that Peter would want this moment of the Transfiguration to last. But life is lived in community with others, and we must trust that God remains by our side as we walk down our own hills into the unknown that is before us.

Prayer: Loving God, help us walk faithfully into the future, even when that future is unknown.   Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Philippians 3:17

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Second Sunday of Lent, Year C

Philippians 3:17 – Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.

Earlier this week, I ate one of those dark chocolates with a saying on the inside of the wrapper. My saying read: ‘Lead your life as an example of how you want others to be.’ I was struck by how difficult it is to live as you would have everyone live.

Prayer: Understanding God, help us to live lives that shine favorably on you. Forgive use for all the times we fall short.  Amen.

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