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Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – Psalm 145:10-12

Friday, July 24, 2015

Psalm 145:10-12All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

If you are like me, it is easy to praise God in silence.  Yet our passage today clearly tells us that as people of faith, being quiet is no option.

Creator God, help us give voice to your mighty acts in our lives.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Advent, 2014 – Isaiah 40:3-4

Monday, December 1, 2014

As our week together begins, we are approaching the second Sunday of the Advent season.  The familiar passages that will light our way this week include: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a and Mark 1:1-8.

Isaiah 40:3-4A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

There has been much in the media recently about the unequal treatment certain members of American society continue to receive.  What struck me about the passage this morning is that it seems to telling us that to make a place for God to come we must first level the playing field for all.

God of us all, give us the courage to bear one another’s burdens and to live as brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Daniel 7:13-14

I won’t be posting over the holiday.  I wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daniel 7:13-14As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.  To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed. 

I believe people who have joy and hope in their lives are better able to imagine a future in which they live in the abundance God’s kingdom offers.  Part of our role as people of faith, is to help those who surround us to find their joy and hope so that they might dream their dreams and feel empowered to live into them.

Prayer: Loving God, help us as we meet your children this day.  May we help them to see your active presence in their lives.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 132:13-16

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – Proper 29/Ordinary 34, Year B

Psalm 132:13-16For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation: “This is my final resting place forever; here I will reside, for I have desired it.  I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread.  Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.

It is easy to think of abundance only in terms of monetary wealth.  Yet abundance in this passage is associated with basic sustenance and joy-filled living that comes with living close to God. 

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to lead faith-centered lives so that we can experience lives as full as you intend for us.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Samuel 23:1a, 3-4

Monday, November 19, 2012 – Proper 29/Ordinary 34, Year B

This is the last week of the lectionary year.  Next week we will set our sights on Advent.  In some congregations, this coming Sunday is known as Reign of Christ Sunday.  The scriptures for this week include: 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); Revelation 1:4b-8 and John 18:33-37.  Alternate passages include: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Psalm 93.

2 Samuel 23:1a, 3-4These are the last words of David…The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.

Refreshing leadership – that is the phrase that came to mind after reading these verses.  Leadership which is both just and God-centered is like a perfect morning when you can sense the presence of God surrounding you.

Prayer: Loving God, whether we lead a family or a work team, help us to be the people you want us to be.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Hebrews 10:24-25

Friday, November 16, 2012 – Proper 28/Ordinary 33, Year B

Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

The word provoke is so often used in a negative context, and its use in this passage creates a vivid picture of what we are called to do with one another. We are asked to incite, goad, needle and irritate one another to love and good deeds.

Prayer: Loving God, you have placed us in communities, and you have simply asked us to be neighbors to one another. Help us with this often challenging task. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 16:8-9

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Proper 28/Ordinary 33, Year B

Psalm 16:8-9I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

Faith and health are divinely and wonderfully intertwined. After I read this passage, I started humming the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul” which contains the stanza:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Prayer: Steadfast God, we often try to keep you at arm’s length. Thank you for standing by our side, even when we don’t acknowledge that you are there. Amen.

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