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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Mark 6:30-31

Friday, July 20, 2012 – Proper 11/Ordinary 16, Year B

Mark 6:30-31The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  He said to them, ”Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

While we are called to care for one another, this passage clearly reminds us that we are also expected to care for ourselves.  We can’t serve others or serve God effectively if we are hungry or tired. 

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for reminding us that you want us to care for ourselves as well as our brothers and sisters.  AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 22:36-38

Thursday, October 20, 2011 – Proper 25 & Ordinary 30, Year A

Matthew 22:36-38“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.”

This is certainly one of the most recognized passages in the Bible. ‘Love God with every fiber of your being – 100%.’ I imagine that for most of us, our typical commitment percentage is less than that.

Prayer: Loving God, we give you in part what you ask for in full. Give us the strength to be the servants you want us to be. AMEN.

An Advent Devotional on Church Health Reader

If you are looking for an Advent devotional, you might consider one I wrote. It can be found here.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, 2010 – Luke 19:3-5

Luke 19:3-5[Zacchaeus] was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”

I often find myself in a situation where I am wishing I knew the right words to say to offer comfort, support or praise. Zacchaeus, who reportedly says nothing before being noticed by Jesus, reminds us of the truth of the adage that actions often do speak louder than words.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our actions and our words toward one another reflect our faith in you. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, 2010 – Psalm 146:4-8

Psalm 146:4-8Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

The psalmist assures us that God, our creator, feeds us, heals us and frees us. God also opens our eyes and helps us stand up straight. The psalmist implores us to place our trust in God, “who keeps faith forever.”

Prayer: Faithful God, you have more faith in us than we have in ourselves. Help us see ourselves as you see us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 18 & Ordinary 23 – 2010 – Psalm 139:1-2, 13-14

Psalm 139:1-2, 13-14O 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…For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

This passage made me think about those who are closest to us – our spouses, our parents, our siblings, our special friends. We come to see at least some of these people as understanding us better than anyone else, as being able to predict our next move. We are reminded today that God knows us better than any of these.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us come to know you as our best friend. AMEN.

Praying through Advent – Twenty Fifth Day of Advent – Micah 5:4-5

Micah 5:4-5 – And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

Your Advent journey has come to an end, but your journey with God has begun anew. God incarnate will be here soon. Be fervent in your prayers, gentle with one another and know that God, your Creator, remains steadfast by your side today and always.

Gracious, loving God, you have always been with me, but I am often blind to your presence. Guide me where you would have me go. Help me to move closer to you and your plan for me. AMEN.

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