Posts Tagged 'Faith & Health'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Acts 10:34-36

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Acts 10:34-36Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all.”

Leading Cause #2 – COHERENCE: We strive for lives that have a sense of meaning and purpose. Imagine the coherence the disciples felt through their work with Jesus. Now imagine how that life-giving meaning was upset when Jesus was killed as a common criminal. Today, consider those people, those connections and those beliefs which bring the most meaning into your life.

Prayer: Faithful God, for those people, those institutions, for all that brings rich, life-giving meaning into our lives, we thank you. AMEN.

Setting a New Table this Holiday Season

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 42:5

Thursday, January 6, 2011 – Baptism of the Lord, Year A

Isaiah 42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:…

God created us as spirit-filled beings. When our bodies are sick, our spirits are affected, and when our spirits ache, we often have physical manifestations of that pain. In caring for ourselves, we must be mindful of this and offer ourselves whole-person care.

Prayer: Creator God, help us better care for both our bodies and our spirits. AMEN.

Veteran’s Day, 2010

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have given their time and selves in service of their country. What can be more difficult is discerning how to welcome back someone who has returned from deployment. Soldiers often struggle with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and painful experiences. For civilian families and friends, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to help.

Wheat Ridge Ministries has created a resource to assist in the care and ministry of those returning from war. You can read about the creation of this book in our featured article this week: Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal. You can also read a review of the book here by Benita Livingston, a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Regular Church Health Reader columnist Susan Palwick reflects on her own experiences with veterans in Making Peace with God.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:2-3

2 Kings 5:2-3Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Who would think I young girl could provide information that could lead to healing? The passage reminds us that each of us can be a healing presence others. In our Congregational Health Promoter program, we train a variety of people, primarily lay people, to become reliable sources of health information so that they can minister to members of their faith community.

Prayer: Loving God, bless all among us who seek to help us in our journeys toward healthier lives. AMEN.

Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts

My friends at recently talked with C.K. Robertson about his book Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 14 & Ordinary 19, 2010 – Hebrews 11:1-3

Hebrews 11:1-3Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

Life doesn’t come with a complete set of one-size-fits-all directions. Yet we know that if hope is present in our lives, even if just a teaspoon, our ability to face life’s challenges will be better. Helping people find or even rediscover hope in their lives can be life changing work for both the giver and receiver.

Prayer: Loving God, help us be better instillers of hope for your people who come before us this and every day. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9

Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them… Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

This passage speaks of soul care. It reminds us that while taking care of physical needs, our spiritual needs are also buoyed up. Faith and health are intricately joined.

Prayer: Gracious God, give us this day our daily bread and help our spirits soar. AMEN.

Basic Hungers – An article on

Susan Palwick is a regular contributor to, and this is her latest article reflecting on her experiences as a volunteer chaplain.

Psalm 107:5…hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Unveiled Today

One of the first tangible results of the recent healthcare reform legislation is this national website for health information. You can find information on area insurance plans, testing and screening you should consider given your age and gender and information to help you understand the new law. Clergy, parish nurses and lay health workers might find this site useful for both themselves and for those they are serving.

Creating a Healthier Environment in Your Congregation

My friends at have posted an article by Leigh Devries that offers tips to making your church building a healthy place for all.

Christian Community Health Fellowship Annual Conference

I just returned from my third CCHF conference. The CCHF encourages Christians to “live out the Gospel through healthcare among the poor.” Student health professionals who are interested in a more intentional Christian ministry in their practices should seek the advocacy and assistance of this wonderful organization.

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