Archive for November, 2013

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Wednesday and Thursday

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Isaiah 65:21-22They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

When a tree loses a branch, the tree slowly extends itself over the resulting wound, sometimes leaving a knot or a scar. Other times, the tree sends off shoots of new life around the broken place, sometimes creating several new branches. Either way, the tree is forever changed.

Prayer: Healer God, help us remain in communion with you through life’s trials so that we can continue to grow despite the injuries incurred. Amen.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2 Thessalonians 3:7-8For you yourselves knowhow you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you.

In Paul’s letters to Timothy, he speaks of the importance of being a good example to those he is leading in the faith. Now in this letter from Paul and Timothy, they are asking the Thessalonians to be good examples to one another.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us lead lives worthy of imitation by others around us. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 65:19-20

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Isaiah 65:19-20I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.

It is not difficult to hear the weeping in our streets today – arguments, gunshots, ambulance and police sirens, to name a few. Consider today how you are peacemaker amidst the chaos that surrounds us each day.

Prayer: Lord God, open our hearts and make us instruments of your peace. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 65:17-18

Monday, November 11, 2013

The lectionary texts for this week include Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and Luke 21:5-9. Alternate selections include Malachi 4:1-2a and Psalm 98.

Isaiah 65:17-18For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

It would be nice if we could selectively remove memories from our past – times we wronged others and times we were wronged. With a loving, forgiving and gracious God at our side, we are able to walk into each day as a newly created being.

Prayer: Creator God, help us be more forgiving people – to others and to ourselves. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 145:17-19

Friday, November 8, 2013

Psalm 145:17-19The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

Many of the scriptures for this week have encouraged us to hold fast to our faith, to trust ourselves and not to be easily swayed by others who might not have good intentions. This passage from Psalm 145 seemed to be a good way for us to end our week.

Prayer: Gentle God, strengthen our faith in you and keep us mindful of your steadfast presence in our lives. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15For this purpose God called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

“…stand firm and hold fast.” The Thessalonians are being encouraged to practice their faith with great confidence. It is easy for us to be timid about our faith, but we should recall from elsewhere in the Bible that, like the Thessalonians, we are called to be beacons, to be lights.

Prayer (adapted from 2 Thessalonians 2:17): Loving God, comfort our hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3a

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3aAs to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way…

It is easy to be swayed by others, and Paul is urging the Thessalonians to remain both faithful and patient. Paul is asking them to trust themselves and their understanding of their faith. Good advice for us, too.

Prayer: Loving God, calm any anxiousness in our hearts and help us trust our faith in you. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Job 19:25-27a

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Job 19:25-27aFor I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

We often speak of the patience of Job, but this morning I am thinking of the faith of Job. Despite Job’s sufferings in this world, Job knew he would one day stand beside God. He had faith that even after all others had abandoned him, God would remain steadfast.

Prayer: Almighty God, this morning we ask for a portion of Job’s faith so that we will better understand your steadfast presence in our lives. Amen.

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