Posts Tagged 'faith'

Second Sunday of Epiphany 2016 – 1 Corinthians 1:9

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful…

When I read this brief passage it occurred to me that we often speak of having faith in God, but I rarely think of God as having faith in me.  We are children of God, made in God’s image, and God has faith in each of us.  What a blessing!

Faithful God, you love us, you know us by our first name, and you hear us.  Help make our faith in you stronger.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2016 – Matthew 1:18-19

Friday, December 26, 2016 

Matthew 1:18-19Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place this way.  When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 

For me, this part of the Christmas story, Joseph’s choice, has always been downplayed.  Joseph was going to deal with Mary’s pregnancy in a gentle way for his time, but after hearing an angel and taking a leap of faith, Joseph chose to remain at Mary’s side and embrace his role as father of Jesus.

Prayer: Gracious God, give us ears to hear your voice so we can make decisions that are more informed by you.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Advent 2016 – James 5:7-8

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

James 5:7-8Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and late rains.  You must also be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

As children of God, we have an obligation to care for one another.  This requires us to be nurturing presences to those around us even if our efforts aren’t met with smiling, happy faces.

Gentle God, thank you for all the people who surround us.  Give us the strength to treat our neighbors as though we have already walked a mile in their shoes.  Amen.

Proper 27 (32) 2016 – Psalm 145:17-19

Friday, November 4, 2016 

Psalm 145:17-19The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.  The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

Many of the scriptures for this week have encouraged us to hold fast to our faith, to trust ourselves and not to be easily swayed by others who might not have good intentions.  This passage from Psalm 145 seemed to be a good way for us to end our week.

Gentle God, strengthen our faith in you and keep us mindful of your steadfast presence in our lives.   Amen.

Proper 23 (28) 2016 – 2 Kings 5:13-14

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 

2 Kings 5:13-14But Naaman’s servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it?  How much more, when all he said was, ‘Wash and be clean’?”  So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God [Elisha]; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Naaman thought the rivers in his country superior, so bathing in the Jordan River seemed to be an unlikely treatment.  In this day of nearly unlimited access to both good and bad health information, we have to be prepared to accept that sometimes the treatment for what is ailing us is relatively simple…a change in our diet or adding more exercise to our daily regimen are two examples.

Steadfast God, keep us mindful of the ways we can impact our own health in positive ways.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Luke 7:4-5

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Luke 7:4-5When the religious leaders came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He (the centurion) is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”

Words are powerful with the ability to be healing or hurtful.  The centurion’s attitude toward the people was supported by his deeds.  We are reminded today that actions can speak louder than words.

Gracious God, help us to ‘walk our talk’ as we work to be the faithful, loving people you want us to be.  Amen.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – Ephesians 4:15-16

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ephesians 4:15-16But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

If each of us were to write a statement of faith, the statements would likely vary by the number of people writing them.  Yet it is our faith that binds us together into the body of Christ and blesses our joint work for God’s kingdom.

Understanding God, bless our individual and collective efforts to make your kingdom a more loving place for everyone.  Amen.


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