Archive for August, 2016

Proper 18 (23) 2016 – Psalm 139:3-4

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Psalm 139:3-4You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

If you are like me, you have hurt people through unintended consequences of your well-intentioned actions.  I am comforted that God understands our intentions.

Gracious God, search our hearts and bless our efforts to serve one another.  Amen.

Proper 18 (23) 2016 – Psalm 139:1-2

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Psalm 139:1-2O LORD, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

Psalm 139 is a favorite of mine, because it makes me think of God as a best friend.  Cliché maybe, but in a world where we so many friendships are relatively shallow, these verses remind us that God knows us better than we know ourselves.

Loving God, hear our prayers, especially those that we are unable to voice.  Amen.

Proper 18 (23) 2016 – Jeremiah 18:5-6

Monday, August 29, 2016

The lectionary selections for this coming Sunday include: Jeremiah 18:1-11 and Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, and Luke 14:25-33.

Jeremiah 18:5-6Then the word of the LORD came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

While God is disappointed with his people in this chapter, I love the image of God reworking us.  God is never finished with us nor does God lose faith in us.

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

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Hebrews 13:3

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hebrews 13:3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 

Every Sunday at my church we share an affirmation of community where we vow that “we will begin to feel at least a bit of the pain of those we consider our enemies.”  Our passage today instructs us to be empathetic toward our neighbors.

Loving God, help us to be more sensitive to pain and hardship of others.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Hebrews 13:1-2

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hebrews 13:1-2 – Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

What makes me happiest about Church Health is our collective ability to show hospitality to all who walk through our many doors.  While our individual faith practices might differ greatly, we share an abundant love for our brothers and sisters.

Loving God, help us to make each person we meet today feel welcomed while they are in our midst.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:13-14

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Luke 14:13-14“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Jesus clearly admonishes us to help one another.  In today’s passage, Jesus asks us to pay special attention to those who are the weakest and most vulnerable.

Loving God, help us to be mindful of those less fortunate than we are.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:11

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Luke 14:11“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Living faithfully is not simply about believing a particular set of tenets.  Paul tells us in Romans 12 that our faith should change us inwardly.  Our passage today reminds us that part of that change is in how we relate to one another.

God of peace, help us to reach out to our brothers and sisters in ways that honor our faith in you.  Amen.

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