Archive for May, 2016

Proper 5/Ordinary 10 2016 – 1 Kings 17:8-9

Monday, May 31, 2016

We can think about some of the most vulnerable people among us as we meditate together this week.  Widows are helped in significant ways by both Elijah and Jesus in the lectionary selections for this week.  Those passages include: 1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) and Psalm 146, 1 Kings 17:17-24 and Psalm 30, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17.

1 Kings 17:8-9Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

I think of Elijah’s life as an ongoing conversation with God – talk, listen, act, repeat.  Our challenge is to try and do the same in our own relationships with God.

Gracious God, attune our ears to your voice so that we can know your will for us.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Galatians 1:6-7

Friday, May 27, 2016

Galatians 1:6-7I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

In our fast paced world with all of its distractions, it is easy for us to lose our way. We are reminded today that as people of faith we must be attentive to God’s genuine voice in our lives. 

Loving God, help us to find quiet time each day to listen for your guiding presence.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Luke 7:4-5

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Luke 7:4-5When the religious leaders came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He (the centurion) is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”

Words are powerful with the ability to be healing or hurtful.  The centurion’s attitude toward the people was supported by his deeds.  We are reminded today that actions can speak louder than words.

Gracious God, help us to ‘walk our talk’ as we work to be the faithful, loving people you want us to be.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Luke 7:2-3

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Luke 7:2-3A centurion in Capernaum had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.  When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.

I wish I knew more of the details of this Roman soldier.  While a leader of an occupying military force, this man befriended the religious leaders of Capernaum in a way that led them to advocate on his behalf.

Loving God, help us to be more kind to one another.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – 1 Kings 18:22

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1 Kings 18:22Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty.

I can’t imagine being as alone and vulnerable as Elijah was at this moment.  It made me wonder about how many people we pass each day who feel as though they are around no one who cares for them.

Loving God, help us to be beacons of your love today and every day.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – 1 Kings 18:20-21

Monday, May 23, 2016

Elijah offers a challenge to the prophets of Baal, and Jesus heals a centurion’s slave in the passages for this coming Sunday.  Those lectionary selections include: 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 and Psalm 96, 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 and Psalm 96:1-9, Galatians 1:1-12, and Luke 7:1-10.

1 Kings 18:20-21So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.  Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word.

If you are like me, you approach difficult decisions by collecting and analyzing information.  My personal challenge is often making the actual decision in light of the available facts.

Understanding God, give us discerning minds so that we can make the decisions you wish us to make.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – John 16:13

Friday, May 20, 2016

John 16:13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

We can’t sit at Jesus’ feet, and for most of us, God’s voice is nuanced when heard at all.  Our final image is of the Spirit as our guide into an ever-widening understanding of God’s will for us.

Understanding God, tune our ears to the urgings of your Spirit in our lives.  Amen.

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