Posts Tagged 'Epiphany'

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 – Matthew 17:3-4

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Matthew 17:3-4Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking to Jesus.  Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Have you ever had an experience so wonderful, you wished you could stop time and live in that moment forever?  I imagine most of us have.  But Jesus had them trek back down the mountain where they reengaged the people they were called to serve.

Gracious God, may we never lose sight of the needs of those we are called to serve.  Amen.

Transfiguration Sunday 2017 – Exodus 24: 16-18

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 

Exodus 24: 16-18The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day, he called Moses out of the cloud.  Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.  Moses entered the cloud, and went up to the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

When I think of fog, I think of dimness and uncertainty.  We want our choices to be crystal clear, but they rarely are.  To approach God and receive the law and commandments, Moses first had to walk into a fog, where his vision would be limited and his path uncertain.  We are also asked by God to step into the unknown on trust – to take a leap of faith.  

Mighty and wonderful God, strengthen our faith so that we may boldly go where you lead.  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 – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 

1 Corinthians 3:16-17Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

In the verses preceding these, Paul expresses frustration at the way the Corinthians are acting toward one another.  By reminding us that we are God’s temple, Paul is imploring us to always act in ways which build one another up spiritually.

Ever-present God, help us to better see your face in those who come before us.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Leviticus 19:13-14

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

Leviticus 19:13-14: You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning.  You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

Be honest with others, and don’t scorn or hinder them.  These verses remind us to deal with our neighbors fairly and in ways which are helpful to them.

Understanding God, help us treat our neighbors in ways which reflect our faith in you.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – 1 Corinthians 3:1-2

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1 Corinthians 3:1-2And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.  I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready.

My dog had surgery earlier this week.  While he is healing, his dog food has to be soaked in warm water then turned into mush with a potato masher.  His healing is a process that takes place with improvement over time.  I like to think of our faith journey in a similar way.

Gracious God, we come to you with imperfect faith, but it is faith nonetheless.  Deepen our understanding of your will so we can become the people you want us to be.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Deuteronomy 30:19-20a

Monday, February 6, 2017

The lectionary selections for the sixth Sunday of Epiphany cause us to reflect on what it means to follow God’s law.  Those passages include: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and Matthew 5:21-37.  Sirach 15:15-20, from the Apocrypha, is an alternate selection to the Deuteronomy passage.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20aI call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days…

Listen for God’s prodding in your life, and walk confidently toward God’s will.  In this way, you can ‘Choose life!’ and drive yourself closer to God.

Loving God, help us hear your voice in our lives so that we can live in closer communion with you.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Psalm 112:5, 9

Thursday, February 2, 2017 

Psalm 112:5, 9 – It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice…They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.

The Bible is full of references similar to this one regarding the sharing of our material wealth.  Passages like this remind us that all we have is borrowed from God, and that we are to trust God in all our affairs so that we can deal generously with our neighbors.

Loving God, help us to place our trust in you more fully so that we can be more generous people.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Isaiah 58:11-12

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isaiah 58:11-12The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.  Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to live in.

These verses bring us full circle.  As we care for one another, we also bring healing to our world.  Each of us becomes a “repairer of the breach” and a “restorer of the streets.”  Wonderful phrases.

Creator God, bless our individual efforts to bring healing to one another.  Multiply our efforts so that our world might also be healed.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Isaiah 58:8

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 

Isaiah 58:8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rearguard.

This verse follows Isaiah’s admonition to “loose the bonds of injustice,” “share bread with the poor” and to “bring the homeless poor into your home.”  We find our healing through helping others heal.  We find our light by helping others’ light shine through.

Almighty God, we ask your blessings as we seek to do your will through the holy work of helping others.  Amen.

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