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Transfiguration Sunday 2017 – 2 Peter 1:18-19

Friday, February 24, 2017

2 Peter 1:18-19We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.  So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.  You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in the dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

For most of my life, my faith has been a conversation between God and me.  It may seem odd since I have been writing devotions for ten years, but sharing my faith with others has not come naturally.  The passage from 2 Peter reminds us that our faith should be shared both in word and deed.

Loving God, you work within and through us in marvelous ways.  Help us to be better sharers of our faith with others.  Amen.

Transfiguration Sunday 2017 – Psalm 2:10-11

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Psalm 2:10-11Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled.  Happy are those who take refuge in him.

Our world is in such turmoil…there is so much healing needed.  Our passage today reminds us that our God is also the God of our leaders.  Pray today for our leaders to hear God’s will.

Almighty God, help our leaders hear your voice in their lives so that they can lead as you would want.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:44-45

Friday, February 17, 2017 

Matthew 5:44-45But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

Throughout the week, we have been exploring our care for one another.  Our concluding passage for this week reminds us that we are all in this world together…that we are all precious children of God.

Loving God, help us to recognize each person we meet today as our neighbor, as our brother or sister.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Leviticus 19:17-18

Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Leviticus 19:17-18You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself.  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” is surely one of the most recognized passages in scripture.  The Golden Rule, or the ethic of reciprocity as it is also called, is found in some form in nearly every world religion.  This provides us with a common reference point for all people of faith.

Almighty God, help us better recognize our neighbors and treat them as we would like to be treated.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Leviticus 19:9-10

Monday, February 13, 2017

We explore caring for one another in the passages for the seventh Sunday of Epiphany.  Our passages include: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48.

Leviticus 19:9-10When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

We are instructed to consider the needs of those less fortunate than we are.  We are further told that what “the poor and the alien” are to get from us is not simply that which misses our harvest buckets but some of the first fruits of our labor.

Gracious God, bless our work offered to others this day.  May all our efforts be our best efforts.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Epiphany 2016 – 1 Corinthians 1:9

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful…

When I read this brief passage it occurred to me that we often speak of having faith in God, but I rarely think of God as having faith in me.  We are children of God, made in God’s image, and God has faith in each of us.  What a blessing!

Faithful God, you love us, you know us by our first name, and you hear us.  Help make our faith in you stronger.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Psalm 40:1

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 

Psalm 40:1I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined his to me and heard my cry.

Not only does God know us by our first name, but God hears us, too.  I admire the “prayer warriors” among us.  Prayer warriors are people who fervently believe God hears and answers prayers, and they pray diligently for themselves and for those around them.  Who is a prayer warrior in your life?  Take a moment to thank God for that person today.

Loving God who inclines an ear to us, hear our prayers today, both those we speak aloud and those we carry in our hearts.  Amen.


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