Archive for November, 2013

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.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 98:1a, 4

Monday, November 4, 2013 – Proper 27/Ordinary 32, Year C

For this coming Sunday the lectionary offers the following passages: Haggai 1:15b-2-9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 and Luke 20:27-38. Alternate passages include Job 19:23-27a and Psalm 17:1-9.

Psalm 98:1a, 4O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

This passage reminds me of a common scene that has been shared among several Broadway musicals I have seen. One person begins to sing, and during their solo, they get a new outlook on life. This changes their song, often to one of hope and optimism. Their change transforms the cast who then join the soloist on stage and joyfully sing this new song.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us shine your light toward others so that they might join us in a new song of life. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 19:3-5

Friday, November 1, 2013 – Proper 26/Ordinary 31, Year C

Luke 19:3-5Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”

I often find myself in a situation where I am wishing I knew the right words to say so that I can offer comfort, support or praise. Zacchaeus, who reportedly says nothing before being noticed by Jesus, reminds us of the truth of the adage that actions often do speak louder than words.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our actions and our words toward one another reflect our faith in you. Amen.

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