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.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – Ephesians 4:1-3

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ephesians 4:1-3I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

These verses offer a wonderful sentiment to consider as we enter the last days of this week.  Remember that you are part of the body of Christ, you are brothers and sisters.  Work diligently to live in peace with one another.

Gracious God, help us to live our lives in ways that reflect our faith in and love for you.  Amen.

Proper 7/Ordinary 12 2015 – Mark 4:39-40

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mark 4:39-40Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.  He said to the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

I can identify with the disciples in this passage.  The boat is “being swamped” (v. 37), and the disciples are understandably scared.  That said, the passage reminds us that we are called to have radical faith in God…a deep and abiding trust in God.

Understanding God, we come to you as people with weak places in our faith.  Strengthen us so that our faith survives all the storms in our lives.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:45

Friday, November 18, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Too often we talk about sin in language that emphasizes our negative actions toward each other. This passage reminds us of our sins of omission. Honestly, it is those sins about which I worry the most.

Prayer: Understanding God, you are steadfast in your love of us. Give us strength to be more steadfast in our care of each other. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ephesians 1:15-16

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Ephesians 1:15-16I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that in addition to giving thanks to God, we need to give thanks for each other. Take a moment today to remember those special people in your life whether they be family, friends, coworkers or maybe even strangers in whom you see God’s presence.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for letting us see your light shining through people around us each day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Psalm 100Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness for all generations.

A favorite and familiar hymn based on this Psalm known as Old 100th:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. AMEN.
Thomas Ken, 1674

Prayer: Gracious God, as we near the season of Thanksgiving, may our thoughts turn to you in thanks for all of your wonderful works. AMEN.


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