Posts Tagged 'Daily Thought & Prayer'

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:40-41

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Acts 9:40-41Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.

I have read this passage many times.  What struck me in reading it today was the last sentence.  He showed that Tabitha was alive to both the saints and the widows – leaders of the faith and the poorest of the poor.  The power of God was revealed to all.

Gracious God, through our actions and our words, help us to proclaim our faith to everyone we meet today.  Amen.

First Sunday of Epiphany 2016 – Psalm 29:11

Friday, January 8, 2016

Psalm 29:11May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

As we come to the end of our week together, today’s verse reads like a much needed prayer.  God is within each of us, and yet we often have to remind ourselves of this fact so that we can draw on the strength God’s presence provides us.

Sustainer God, help us to sense your presence both within and around us today and every day.  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

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

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.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Thursday, November 17, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:34-36, 40Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

All of us are members of God’s family. God is mysteriously yet intricately woven into each of us so that by serving each other, we are also serving God.

Prayer: Ever-present God, keep us mindful that your children surround us. Help us act toward them as we would act toward you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ephesians 1:15-16

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Ephesians 1:15-16I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that in addition to giving thanks to God, we need to give thanks for each other. Take a moment today to remember those special people in your life whether they be family, friends, coworkers or maybe even strangers in whom you see God’s presence.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for letting us see your light shining through people around us each day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Psalm 100Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness for all generations.

A favorite and familiar hymn based on this Psalm known as Old 100th:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. AMEN.
Thomas Ken, 1674

Prayer: Gracious God, as we near the season of Thanksgiving, may our thoughts turn to you in thanks for all of your wonderful works. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ezekiel 34:11-12

Monday, November 14, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The lectionary selections for this week (Proper 29/Ordinary 34) include: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46. An alternative selection is Psalm 95:1-7a.

Ezekiel 34:11-12For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

This is a trying time of year for me. As the temperature drops, my hands start to hurt more. With the shorter days, it is also always dark when I leave for home at the end of the work day. It is easy for me to feel frustrated, even sad, yet this scripture reminds me of God’s steadfast presence in my life as the watchful shepherd.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us to feel your presence in both the light of day and the dark of night. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friday, November 11, 2011 – Proper 28 & Ordinary 33, Year A

1 Thessalonians 5:11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Earlier in the week, we were reminded that God is our dwelling place. We are all in this place together. My faith walk criss crosses with your faith walk. We should support, not hinder, one another.

Prayer: Loving God, though we may sing from different hymnals and read different writings, you are the One all of us seek. Help us to help each other. AMEN.


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