Archive for July, 2015

Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – John 6:8-9

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 

John 6:8-9 – One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Jesus, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?”

John’s version of the feeding of the 5,000 notes that it was a boy who offered to share his food with the crowd; it was a boy who shared his lunch box or picnic basket.  Jesus said we should become as children.

Loving God, help us to minister to one another with generous hearts.  Amen.

Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – 2 Samuel 11:11

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2 Samuel 11:11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”

David tries to get Uriah to visit Bathsheba so her pregnancy can be tied to him.  Uriah’s response to David shows immense respect for his fellow soldiers.  Today, take time to pray for your coworkers.

Gracious God, may each of my colleagues feel your supporting presence today.  Amen.

Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – 2 Samuel 11:2

Monday, July 20, 2015

David eyes Bathsheba and Jesus feeds 5,000 in the lectionary selections for this week.  Those passages include: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm 14, 2 Kings 4:42-44 and Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21.

2 Samuel 11:2It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.

I hesitated to even address 2 Samuel 11.  Bathsheba will become pregnant after she and David lie down together while her husband is away fighting in David’s army.  To make matters worse, David will end up arranging for her husband Uriah to be sent to the front lines of battle where he will be killed.  There will be severe consequences as a result.  Yet David will continue to talk to God, and God will continue to use David in marvelous ways.

Forgiving God, help us to remember that you will always love us, even we are seemingly unlovable.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 –

Friday, July 17, 2015

Mark 6:34As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

For most of us, it is easy to see Jesus as a shepherd.  But so many people with whom we come in contact are lost in some way, all of us have to be ready to shepherd our neighbor.

Understanding God, give us the wisdom we need to be good shepherds to those among us who need help finding their way.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – Mark 6:31-32

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mark 6:31-32He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.

It is healthy for us to remember the very human side of Jesus.  Jesus recognized the need for leisure, eating together and rest for himself and those who worked with him.

God of our rest and of our work, help us to make time for our own re-creation, and remind us to encourage the same for those who work with us.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – 2 Samuel 7:12-14a

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2 Samuel 7:12-14aWhen your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

Like many of you, I suspect, I want the world to be a better place when I am gone because of my contributions.  But since most of us won’t have the privilege of a covenant the magnitude of the one given to David, the best chance to meet our collective dream will come from faithfully working together.

Gracious God, help us in our efforts as we work together to make your world more loving and more just for all.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – 2 Samuel 7:8-9

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2 Samuel 7:8-9Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

With God speaking to Nathan, this is the beginning of God’s covenant with David.  As we meditate on the promise God is making with David, it is helpful to be reminded of David’s humble beginnings.  God can work through anyone.

Almighty God, help us to discern how we can be of greatest service to you and your kingdom.  Amen.

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