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.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Romans 5:5

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Romans 5:5…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Another wonderful image is offered to us today.  I visualize God’s love in a huge pitcher that is easily able to fill our hearts to overflowing with the love that only God can provide.

God of abundant love, refresh our spirits today so that we can serve our brothers and sisters more fully.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Romans 5:3-4

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Romans 5:3-4And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…

I am in a training this week that can help me become a certified peer recovery specialist or CPRS.  A CPRS uses his or her lived experience with mental illness and or an addiction in ways that instill hope in others.

Loving God, help all of us to be agents of hope for those around us.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Romans 5:1-2

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Romans 5:1-2Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

In science fiction, force fields are energy shields that act as protective barriers.  They are often depicted as shimmering light surrounding the person or object being protected.  Today, imagine that you are standing in a force field of grace.

Protector God, surround us with your love in ways that are palpable to us.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Psalm 8:3-4

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wonderful images of God’s love and creative genius fill our lectionary selections for this upcoming Trinity Sunday.  Those scriptures include: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and Psalm 8Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15.

Psalm 8:3-4When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Like a potter molding clay, the psalmist speaks of God’s fingers forming all creation.  It reminds us how intimately God is connected to us.

Creator God, continue to mold us into the people you want us to be.  Amen.

Pentecost Sunday 2016 – John 14:11

Thursday, May 12, 2016

John 14:11Jesus said to Philip, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.”

‘Actions speak louder than words,’ is an expression most of us have heard for years.  Throughout scripture we are reminded that our faith should change us in ways noticeable to others.

Loving God, may our actions toward others serve as beacons that draw others to you.  Amen.

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