Archive for February, 2014

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:27-28

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mark 1:27-28They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

On this day early in his ministry, Jesus has already begun to distinguish himself through his teaching and his healing. It begs the question: how does our faith distinguish us?

Understanding God, may our actions with and toward others reflect our faith in you. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:23-26

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mark 1:23-26Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

Jesus spoke, and the man was healed. This passage reminds us that words can be healing for others. We can have hearts for healing and be effective witnesses even if we don’t have degrees in healing.

Loving God, may the words of our mouths provide genuine witness to your work in our lives. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:21-22

This week: A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:21-39

Monday, February 10, 2014

By the time you have read to the 20th verse of Mark 1, Jesus has been baptized by John, has spent 40 days in the wilderness, has traveled to Galilee and has already developed a following of people, some of whom will become his apostles.

Mark 1:21-22They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

The first time I was a liturgist, I was to read a passage of scripture with a string of town names in it I had never seen. When I asked the pastor how to pronounce these words he said simply, “Boldly.”

Gracious God, give us confident voices so that we can speak of our faith in you with authority. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 5:14-16

Friday, February 7, 2014

Matthew 5:14-16You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Certainly this is one of the most beloved passages in the Bible. Throughout the week, we have been reminded of how, as people of faith, we should care for one another. Through our care for one another, our light shines. Consider the beacon we create for others when we all work together.

Prayer: Everlasting God, bless our individual acts of mercy and healing. May the flicker of our own lights combine in ways that bathe others in your light. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 112:5, 9

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Psalm 112:5, 9It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice…They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their home is exalted in honor.

The Bible is full of references similar to this one regarding the sharing of our material wealth. Passages like this remind us that all we have is borrowed from God, and that we are to trust God in all our affairs so that we can deal generously with our neighbors.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to more fully place our trust in you so that we can be more generous people. Amen.

Daily Devotion for the Church Health Center – Isaiah 58:11-12

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Isaiah 58:11-12The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to live in.

As we care for one another, we also bring healing to our world. Each of us becomes a “repairer of the breach” and a “restorer of the streets.” Wonderful phrases.

Prayer: Creator God, bless our individual efforts to bring healing to one another. Multiply our efforts so that our world might also be healed. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 58:8

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Isaiah 58:8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rearguard.

This verse follows Isaiah’s admonition to “loose the bonds of injustice,” “share bread with the poor” and to “bring the homeless poor into your home.” We find our healing through helping others heal. We find our light by helping others light shine through.

Prayer: Almighty God, we ask your blessings as we seek to do your will through the holy work of helping others. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 2:22, 24

Monday, February 3, 2014

In some churches, yesterday recognized the day that Jesus was brought to the Temple for presentation by his parents.

Luke 2:22, 24When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…and they offered a sacrifice according to the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

In Leviticus 14, turtledoves and pigeons can be offered as sacrifices for people who are too poor to afford more expensive animals such as lambs. We begin this week being reminded that Jesus grew up in the humble household of a town carpenter.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to remember that anything is possible through you. Amen.

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