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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Samuel 16:10-13

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Lent 4, Year A

1 Samuel 16:10-13Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And [Jesse] said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” [Jesse] sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Despite David’s healthy, good looks, he was Jesse’s youngest son, so it made perfect sense to keep David in the pasture tending the family sheep. But God doesn’t work that way. Often it is the most unlikely person who is chosen for God’s special tasks. Let’s keep that in mind today.

Prayer: Understanding God, help us see the significant worth in everyone who comes before us this and every day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Samuel 16:6-7

Monday, March 28, 2011 – Lent 4, Year A

As we enter the fourth week of Lent we are reminded that God can work through unlikely people, like us. Our lectionary selections include 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14 and John 9:1-41.

God has sent Samuel to Jesse to anoint God’s chosen king who will succeed Saul. Jesse’s sons will pass by Samuel and God will let Samuel know which son is his choice. Verse 6 picks up when the first son, Eliab, comes to Samuel.

1 Samuel 16:6-7When [Jesse and his sons] came, [Samuel] looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

‘Beauty is only skin deep.’ ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ ‘We are all God’s children.’ Phrases such as these can flow easily off our lips, but it can be a challenge to actually live by such words.

Prayer: Gentle God, help us to look at our neighbors as though we are looking through your eyes. AMEN.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington in 1963

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Devotion for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – 1 John 4:7

Monday, January 17, 2011

1 John 4:7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the day when we would live in the beloved community. In Colossians 3:14 love is described as “the harmony which binds all.” As people of faith, I believe we are asked to act in ways that move us toward the realization of this dream of the beloved community.

Prayer: Loving God, help us as we work in numerous ways to create a beloved community at home and in the world. AMEN.

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