Posts Tagged 'Easter'

Pentecost Sunday 2016 – John 14:11

Thursday, May 12, 2016

John 14:11Jesus said to Philip, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.”

‘Actions speak louder than words,’ is an expression most of us have heard for years.  Throughout scripture we are reminded that our faith should change us in ways noticeable to others.

Loving God, may our actions toward others serve as beacons that draw others to you.  Amen.

Pentecost Sunday 2016 – Psalm 104:24

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Psalm 104:24O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Yesterday started out as a dreary day in Memphis with clouds blocking out any good view of the sky.  But it seemed that in less than an hour around lunch, the clouds broke, and God’s blue sky and warm sun transformed the day into glorious.

Creator God, thank you for the creative imprint you have left and continue to leave on this Earth.  Amen.

Pentecost Sunday 2016 – Genesis 11:7-8

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Genesis 11:7-8And the LORD said, “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

In the Bible, this story comes after the flood so these are all Noah’s descendants.  They were comfortable remaining together so God had to give them a push to resettle the post-flood world.  That push was confusing their language.

Almighty God, give us the courage to challenge the boundaries of our comfort zones as we seek to do your will.  Amen.

Pentecost Sunday 2016 – Genesis 11:1, 4

Monday, May 9, 2016

As we approach Pentecost Sunday, we will consider the Tower of Babel and read about the Holy Spirit entering those first believers as tongues of fire.  Our lectionary selections include:  Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21 and John 14:8-17, (25-27).

Genesis 11:1, 4Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.  Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

It is comfortable to be around people like us – who speak like us, who sound like us, who worship like us.  But all of us are unique  reflections of the same God.  This week we are challenged to embrace diversity as a part of God’s plan.

God of all of us, help us to be more tolerant of one another.  Help us to see your face in each person we meet today.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:22-23

Friday, May 6, 2016

Acts 16:22-23The crowd joined in attacking Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.  After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.

This might not be a pleasant image to begin a devotional moment, but I couldn’t help but think of the God-given gift of modern healthcare when I read this passage.  Antibiotics, sterile technique, and a highly trained medical workforce are just three gifts that come to mind immediately.  Today, pray for all people who participate in ministries of healing.

God our ultimate healer, bless the minds, eyes and hands of all who seek to alleviate our pains and our illnesses.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:19-21

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Acts 16:19-21But when the fortune-teller’s owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.  When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.”

Practicing one’s faith with integrity is not always easy, and for Paul and Silas it was downright dangerous.  We are reminded today that following God, I think, is like hiking.  The view at the end of trail is awesome, but the path leading there has ample opportunities for trips and falls.

Gracious God, give us a portion of the fortitude found in the earliest disciples so that we can have strength for our own faith journey.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:18

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Acts 16:18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

If you recall the verses from yesterday, the fortune-telling slave girl was proclaiming Paul and others with him as being called and sent by God.  Though she spoke the truth, she annoyed Paul.  I love the verses in the Bible that reveal the very human side of God’s great advocates.

Gentle God, bless our efforts to serve others in your name.  Forgive all the times we fall short of your will.  Amen.

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