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Second Sunday of Advent 2015 – Luke 1:76-77

Monday, November 30, 2015 

I hope all of my readers had a blessed Thanksgiving.  We are approaching the second Sunday of the Advent season, and the prophecies continue in our readings.  This week the lectionary selections include: Baruch 5:1-9 (from the Apocrypha) or Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, and Luke 3:1-6. 

Luke 1:76-77 – And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.

A new grandson has been added to my family recently, and this is bringing great joy.  As I read today’s selection, it reminded me that children represent potential that we can’t fully comprehend, and they remain precious as they grow up.

Creator God, help us to see all children, all people, as holy and precious gifts from you.  Amen.

First Sunday of Advent 2015 -Psalm 25:1, 4

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Psalm 25:1, 4To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.  Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

With Thanksgiving upon us, I hope all of us can find a multitude of reasons to be thankful.  Be blessed friends.

Gracious God, in this season of thanks, keep us mindful of all your generous blessings in our lives.  Amen.

First Sunday of Advent 2015 – Luke 21:25

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Luke 21:25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.”

I have an app on my phone called Google Sky Map.  If I go outside and point my phone toward the sky, my screen will light up with the stars I am looking at as well as their names.  The funny thing is that the brightest stars in the sky usually aren’t stars.  They are the planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.  Things aren’t always as they seem.

God of wonder and might, give us wisdom so that we can discern your voice in our lives.  Amen.

First Sunday of Advent 2015 – Jeremiah 33:14

Monday, November 23, 2015 

We are approaching the first Sunday of the Advent season.  Our passages to consider this week include: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, and Luke 21:25-36.

Jeremiah 33:14The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Advent is a season of anticipation.  While we wait for the birth of the Christ child, we also consider that day when Christ returns and peace rules over the world.

Everlasting, ever-present God: we live in a complicated and often dangerous world.  Help us one day to visualize the peace that only you can bring.  Amen.

Proper 29/Ordinary 34 2015 – Revelation 1:8

Friday, November 20, 2015

Revelation 1:8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

With this we end the second of the three-year lectionary cycle.  Next week, we will start thinking about Advent, its’ promises and new hope.  Today, whether it is looking at the sun, feeling the wind in your hair, thinking about Niagara Falls again or gazing at the smile of a newborn child, consider the vastness of God’s wonderful creation.

Everlasting God, help us to be faithful stewards of all aspects of your wonderful creation.  Amen.

Proper 29/Ordinary 34 2015 – John 18:33-34

Thursday, November 19, 2015

John 18:33-34Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”

We are challenged today to think about what our faith would compel us to do.  Stated a different way, what challenges could we face in the name of our faith.  Jesus knew how to answer Pilate if he wanted to live, but he chose his faith, his truth, over his very life.

Loving God, strengthen us so that we can be faithful witnesses to your truth as we understand it.  Amen.

Proper 29/Ordinary 34 2015 – Psalm 93:4

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Psalm 93:4More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!

If you haven’t yet, I hope you can visit Niagara Falls sometime in your life.  In few places can God’s awesome creation be as clear, and he lasting image you will have of these thunderous falls can bring this passage alive.

Mighty but merciful God, open our minds to the boundless limits of your power.  Amen.


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