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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Luke 4:24

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Luke 4:24And Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”

For me this passage speaks to how we listen (or don’t) to one another.  Jesus was the son of a carpenter, a blue collar laborer, and unfortunately many people would have had trouble hearing the truth he spoke because of this context.  We are encouraged by Luke’s passage to listen more carefully to one another, to hear the truth in what is being said, to allow for the chance that each of us can be a prophet, at least sometimes.

Gracious God, help me to be a better listener to those around me.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Psalm 71:1

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Psalm 71:1In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

For the last couple of months, I have been watching a lot of shows that are being filmed in Alaska.  This means I have seen many bald eagles on the television screen.  As I read today’s passage, the first visual I had was one of being wrapped in eagle’s wings.

All-powerful God, wrap me in your arms today.  If I feel cold, warm me.  If I feel scared, embolden me.  If I feel powerless, strengthen me.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Jeremiah 1:7-8

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jeremiah 1:7-8But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.”

Jeremiah felt inadequate for the task God have given him.  God instructs Jeremiah that if he listens, he will know what to say to the people.

Ever-present God, grant us wisdom so that we can understand your voice in our lives.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Jeremiah 1:4-5

Monday, January 25, 2016

God appoints Jeremiah, the people of Nazareth want to throw Jesus off a cliff, and we consider Paul’s “Love Chapter” this week.  Those selections include: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and Luke 4:21-30.

Jeremiah 1:4-5Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

We begin this week with scriptural affirmation that God has always been with us and that we can count on that presence forever.

Creator God, open our hearts, tune our ears and sharpen our vision so that we can sense your presence in our lives today and every day.  Amen.

Third Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – 1 Corinthians 12:12

Thursday, January 21, 2016

1 Corinthians 12:12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Time and time again when I have thought about teamwork and cooperation, I have turned to 1 Corinthians 12.  Each of us is a precious gift from God to the rest of the world.  All of us are valued and needed assets to God.

Awesome God, help us to value one another in the way you value each of us.  Amen.

Third Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Luke 4:14-15

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Luke 4:14-15Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.  He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

In the verses preceding these, Jesus has been tempted by the devil for forty days during which time he had not eaten.  I am moved that after Jesus went through this dark time, he immediately gets back to his work of teaching others about God.

Loving God, help us to keep you at the center of our lives, especially during our most difficult times.  Amen.

Third Sunday after Epiphany 2016 – Psalm 19:1-2

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend.  Paul discusses the body of Christ and Jesus reads from the book of Isaiah in the passages for this week.  The lectionary selections for this week include: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, and Luke 4:14-21.

Psalm 19:1-2The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

I have been thinking a lot about patience lately.  For me, part of patience is slowing down and taking time to listen for God’s voice – in the wind as it rushes by my head and in the voices of everyone around me.

Gracious God, help us to be more aware of all the ways you are present around us.  Amen.

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