Posts Tagged 'Daily Devotional'

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 2015 – Psalm 146:3-4

Monday, October 26, 2015 

We begin our journey with Ruth and Naomi this week, and we consider the commandment that is first among all of God’s commandments.  The lectionary selections for this week include:  Ruth 1:1-18 and Psalm 146, Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Psalm 119:1-8, Hebrews 9:11-14, and Mark 12:28-34. 

Psalm 146:3-4 – Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.  When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.

“When you die, there will be stuff left in your inbox for someone else to deal with,” a coworker reminded me years ago.  She was commenting on perspective and reminding me that there is only so much any one human can do.

Everlasting God, help us to be vigilant in our focus on discerning your will for us.  Amen.

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Proper 6/Ordinary 11 2015 – 1 Samuel 16:7

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1 Samuel 16:7But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

One by one, Jesse’s oldest sons passed by Samuel, but God had chosen the least likely son, the youngest one who was still out in the field, David.

Loving God, help us to look at one another as you look at us.  Help us to look beyond appearances and see one another’s hearts.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 14:15-16

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

John 14:15-16“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”

‘God won’t abandon you,” Jesus assured the disciples. ‘The Holy Spirit will be in you.’

Almighty God, help us to sense your Spirit in us at all time, but especially at those times when we feel most alone. Amen.

Picture for Proper 5/Ordinary 10 – Year C – 1 Kings 17:11

As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 12:3-5

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C

John 12:3-5 – Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”

Nard came from a plant that grew in what is now India. Its value, three hundred denarii, was equivalent to a year’s wages in Jesus’ time so Mary’s spontaneous act of love and adoration was an extravagance that many of us might have questioned.

Prayer: Gracious God of endless possibilities, help us follow you with the zeal of Mary. Amen.

Picture for Fifth Sunday of Lent, 2010 – Isaiah 43:19

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

From my front yard

Have a Blessed Day is Now Available

Have a Blessed Day

I am proud to announce my latest book, Have a Blessed Day: A Year of Daily Devotions from the Church Health Center, is available for sale.  This book compiles 365 of my best Daily Devotions from the last three years.  To order Have a Blessed Day, visit the Church Health Center’s online store.


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