Posts Tagged 'Exodus 20'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 20:13-16

Thursday, September 29, 2011 – Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, Year A

Exodus 20:13-16You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

The first commands instruct us on how to relate to God. These commands instruct us on how we should relate to each other. To me, these commands tell us to respect the lives, loves, property and reputations of your neighbors.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to love you with all our hearts and all our minds, and help us to love our neighbors as ourselves. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 20:8-9

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, Year A

Exodus 20:8-9Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

We live in a 24-7-365 world that rarely encourages us to slow down. In this passage God reminds us to rest and renew our spirits on a regular basis.

Prayer: God of our renewal, rest and work, we come before you as a priority-challenged people. Thank you for your unending grace. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 20:4

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, Year A

Exodus 20:4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Like many of us, I carry a smart phone with me at all times. I also carry several pens, an insulated coffee cup and a notebook. If I lose any one of these things during the day, the world comes to a halt until I find them. We can make idols out of the most petty things.

Prayer: Gracious God, we construct idols every day. Help us keep you at the center of our lives at all times. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 20:1-3

Monday, September 26, 2011 – Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, Year A

The lectionary selections for this week include: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46. Alternate selections include Isaiah 5:1-7 and Psalm 80:7-15.

Exodus 20:1-3Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

One of my hobbies is crossword puzzles, although I am unable to make this look like the crossword that was on my spreadsheet. Think for a moment this morning about God as our deliverer:

p r o v i D e r
E
c o u n s e L o r
I
s a V i o r
E
l e a d e R
E
l i b e R a t o r

Prayer: Wonderful God, help us remember today that to be delivered, we must first be willing to trust and follow you. AMEN.

Lent 3 – Exodus 20:8-10a, 11

From Exodus 20:8-10a, 11 – Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, but rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.

People interested in clergy health are often concerned about clergy Sabbath-keeping, but in these times when many are holding onto two jobs, it is a question each of us should be asking ourselves. “Am I taking a day of rest?” “Am I making time to reconnect with God on a regular basis?”

Prayer:

Loving God, help us trust you more fully so that we can be better Sabbath-keepers. AMEN.

Lent 3 – Exodus 20:4

Welcome to the third week of Lent. For me, the lectionary texts for this week seem to asking the question, “Do I have the right priorities in my life?” The passages include: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and John 2:13-22.

The Exodus passage is the familiar Ten Commandments. From Exodus 20:4 – You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

I am wondering about the personal idols I have erected in my life. My handheld, email-checking, schedule-reminding telephone remains glued to my side at all times. I can be very selfish about “my” time. While they seem small, I am wondering if these small things begin to add up? Maybe this is something to think about today.

Prayer:

Understanding God, while we may not have golden calves as objects of worship erected in our lives, we do have obstacles blocking our living in full relationship with you. Help us recognize and remove these barriers. AMEN.


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