Posts Tagged 'Advent Devotional'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 1:3-4

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 First Sunday of Advent, Year B

1 Corinthians 1:3-4Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus…

It is a scripture for Advent, but knowing that many are reading this before Thanksgiving, I felt it was an appropriate passage for this morning. “I give thanks to my God ALWAYS for you,” are Paul’s words. Today, take a moment and consider the people in your life for whom you are thankful.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for bringing faithful people in our lives. May we continue to see you reflected in their faces. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 64:8

Monday, November 21, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Sunday will herald the beginning of Advent. Advent is a time of great anticipation both of Christ’s birth and Christ’s eventual return. For the first Sunday of Advent the lectionary texts include: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Mark 13:24-37.

Isaiah 64:8Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

I love the imagery of God as potter and us as clay. But unlike a potter spinning a pot, our role in the design is not passive. We listen for God and seek to live into the plan God has for us.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to be better seekers of your will so that we might be the people you want us to be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 90:1-2

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 – Proper 28 & Ordinary 33, Year A

Psalm 90:1-2Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

The image of God as our “dwelling place” helps me visualize how inseparable we are from God. There are times when we may feel alone, but God is always there. There are times when we may want to hide from God, but we can’t hide from the God who was, is and always will be.

Prayer: Creator God, we lift our eyes up to you and incline our ears to you. Lead us on paths that are pleasing to you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 56:1

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 – Proper 15 & Ordinary 20, Year A

Isaiah 56:1Thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Maintain justice and do what is right. It is a simple phrase, but it is one that requires a lifetime of practice.

Prayer: – May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. AMEN. (Psalm 67:1-2)

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 145:8-9, 14

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 – Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, Year A

Psalm 145:8-9, 14The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

I can’t help but notice the language of healing in the last verse. We can fall and be bowed down in so many ways, both physically and spiritually. God is there for us helping us toward health and wholeness.

Prayer: Gracious God of compassion, we give thanks to you for being by our side throughout our life journey. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 1:10-11

Friday, December 31, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

John 1:10-11He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

As this second Sunday of the Christmas season passes, we know that ahead of us are the seasons of Epiphany, Lent and Easter. We begin to follow what is to become the very short yet amazingly influential life of Jesus.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us better understand the life and teachings of Jesus so that we might better become the people you would have us be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 1:14

Thursday, December 30, 2010 – Christmas 2, Year A

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

God became one of us through his son Jesus. No one understands the joy, the pain and the complexities of our individual lives more than God. This is the awesome gift of Christmas.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us accept that you know and understand our every need. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 1:1, 14a

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 – Proper III, Year A

The third selection of Christmas Eve readings, Proper III, includes: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) and John 1:1-14.

John 1:1, 14aIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and lived among us…

Jesus:
Homeless child.
Refugee.
Carpenter.
Teacher.
Healer.

…and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means,” God is with us.”
Matthew 1:23

Prayer: Ever-present God, for every blessing you have bestowed on us, but especially for the miracle of Christmas, our heartfelt thanks. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 2:8-11

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 – Proper II, Year A

The second selection of Christmas Eve readings, Proper II, includes: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7 and Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20.

Luke 2:8-11And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.

In the Gospel of Luke, shepherds were the first people to hear of the birth of Jesus. While Jesus will grow into a man who is considered a shepherd of people, the image that moves me is that these shepherds were rather ordinary people to be the first to hear of the birth of the Messiah.

Prayer: Gracious God, we are ordinary people. Help us do extraordinary things in your name. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Luke 2:6-7

Monday, December 20, 2010 – Proper I, Year A

There are several collections of readings for Christmas Eve. The first collection, called Proper I, includes: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14 and Luke 2:1-14, (15-20).

Luke 2:6-7While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

On the night he was born, Jesus was homeless. God’s son coming into this world in this unlikely state is a powerful image for me. You will pass by a number of unlikely people today. Embrace the reality that God can use any of them, any of us.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to see you in each person we see today. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 1:18-19

Friday, December 17, 2010 – Advent 4, Year A

Matthew 1:18-19 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.

For me, this part of the Christmas story, Joseph’s choice, has always been downplayed. Joseph was going to deal with Mary’s pregnancy in a gentle way for his time, but after hearing an angel and taking a leap of faith, Joseph chose to remain at Mary’s side and embrace his role as father of Jesus.

Prayer: Gracious God, give us ears to hear your voice so we might make decisions that are more informed by you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Romans 1:1-3

Thursday, December 16, 2010 – Advent 4, Year A

Romans 1:1-3Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel according to his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh…

I have often thought about my calling and whether I was living into the life God intended. This passage helped with a new perspective. Consider today how you are set apart rather than how you are called. What distinguishes you from others? What perspective do you bring to a table? Maybe it is in these answers that you will find your calling.

Prayer: Loving God, help us discern those unique ways you have molded us so that we might more clearly see our calling. AMEN.


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