Archive for May, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 –

Monday, May 12, 2014

This Sunday will be the fifth Sunday of Easter. Passages for this week include: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; and John 14:1-14.

Psalm 31:15-16My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

We begin our week being reminded that God’s love for us is not a passing fancy kind of love…it is not here today and gone tomorrow. God has a deep and abiding love for each on of us.

Steadfast God, help us hear your ever-present voice in our lives in our times of plenty and in our times of greatest need. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

John 10:3-4The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

This passage would have had special meaning to the early Christians. It is my understanding that shepherds often herded sheep into a common pen at night. In the morning, the sheep would leave the pen following their own shepherd because they actually could recognize his voice.

Almighty God, help us to hear your voice more clearly in our lives. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2014 –

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1 Peter 2:20-21If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

Christ and many people of faith have suffered mightily for their beliefs. While it may not lead to our being tortured or killed, faith practiced intentionally can lead us to decisions that are unpopular with some of those around us.

Understanding God, help us to remain steadfast in our faith even when we are being challenged by many around us. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2014 –

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Acts 2:46-47Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

When I read this passage, I couldn’t help but think of my coworkers over the 23 years I have spent at the Church Health Center. I have been fortunate to spend so much time with so many people who had the goodwill of others at heart.

Loving God, bless our individual and collective efforts to care for others today. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2014 –

Monday, May 5, 2014

We are approaching the fourth Sunday of Easter. The lectionary selections for this week include: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10.

Acts: 2:44-45All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.

I admire the cooperation of those first Christians as reported in Acts. We are reminded today that how we live in community together is an important aspect of our faith life.

Gracious God, help us to love one another as we love ourselves. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2014 – 1 Peter 1:23

Friday, May 2, 2014

1 Peter 1:23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

It is gardening season in Tennessee! Last year my wife and I cared for vegetables we started from seeds as well as those we bought already growing. Without exception, the most bountiful plants were those we cultivated from seeds.

Ever-present God, help us to care for each other as if we were tender, vulnerable seedlings. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2014 – 1 Peter 1:22

Thursday, May 1, 2014

1 Peter 1:22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.

For me, one of the most difficult parts of my faith is offering sacrificial love to my brothers and sisters. Yet I read this passage as calling each of us to that level of care for one another.

Steadfast God, help us to recognize each person we meet as a child of yours and therefore as one of our brothers or sisters. Amen.

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