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.

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.”

Picture Citation

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.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Philippians 1:9-11

Thursday, December 6, 2012 – Second Sunday in Advent, Year C

Philippians 1:9-11And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Imagine the physical labor required to harvest a field or vineyard in biblical times.  With fewer opportunities for movement in today’s world, you must be intentional about incorporating exercise into your routine.  Add steps to your day today.  Walk to a coworker’s desk instead of sending another email, or park in a space further from the entrance.    

Prayer: God of the harvest, allow us opportunities to sow seeds of justice, honesty, virtue and decency.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 15:9

Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B

John 15:9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.

Abide is such a wonderful word in this verse.  Abide can mean stand -stand in my love.  Abide can also mean rest – rest in my love. 

Prayer: Protector God, earthly love is often fleeting, but your love for us is steadfast.  Thank you.  AMEN.

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 – Matthew 25:45

Friday, November 18, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Too often we talk about sin in language that emphasizes our negative actions toward each other. This passage reminds us of our sins of omission. Honestly, it is those sins about which I worry the most.

Prayer: Understanding God, you are steadfast in your love of us. Give us strength to be more steadfast in our care of each other. AMEN.


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