Thursday, May 29, 2014
Psalm 68:5-6 – Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
The Psalm praises God for caring for those less fortunate than we are. We honor God through our work to help those among us who struggle to help themselves effectively.
Loving God, bless our collective efforts to minister to your children who need the help we offer in your name. Amen.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Acts 1:7-8 – Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
People from across our city experience the opportunities offered at Church Health Center Wellness, Perea Preschool and through our outreach to area congregations. Our clinic has treated people who have come from every corner of the world. Together we are witnessing “to the ends of the earth.”
Gracious God, bless all of our efforts to bring hope and healing to our world. Amen.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
John 17:10-11 – All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
I was moved by this prayer Jesus offered to God. I believe Jesus still wants us to be one. This remains an appropriate prayer for us today.
Almighty God, help us to blend our voices into a beautiful choir that honors our individual abilities while still creating a beautiful song. Amen.
Monday, May 26, 2014
The season of Easter is about to come to a close in a few weeks. For the upcoming seventh week of Easter, we are offered the following passages: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.
Psalm 68:32-33 – Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, Selah. O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Since the Psalms were often sung, the word “Selah” was an instruction to pause before the next line. Today, pause periodically, and take time to listen for God’s “mighty voice” in your life.
Ever-present God, help us to bend our ears toward you so that we can hear your will for us. Amen.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Acts 17:22-23 – Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
I still remember the thrill when as a 12 year old, my Dad stood below the Acropolis, stretched out his arms and said, “Butch, this is where Apostle Paul spoke to the Athenians!” 42 years later, I am still challenged to walk in the footsteps of the forebears of our faith.
Steadfast God, help us to hear your voice in our lives so that we can faithfully walk the path you have set before us. Amen.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
John 14:18-19 – “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.”
Christians anxiously await the return of Jesus. Till that time, I believe we witness to this hope by serving others.
Loving God, bless our efforts to help our brothers and sisters this and every day. Amen.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
John 14:15-16 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”
‘God won’t abandon you,” Jesus assured the disciples. ‘The Holy Spirit will be in you.’
Almighty God, help us to sense your Spirit in us at all time, but especially at those times when we feel most alone. Amen.