Posts Tagged 'Lord'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 107:1

Monday, October 24, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

The lectionary passages for this week include: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12. Alternate passages include Micah 3:5-12 and Psalm 43.

Psalm 107:1O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

This is a great verse with which to begin our week in service to God. It reminds us that God’s love for us is unwavering and unfaltering. God loves us more surely than we love ourselves.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for being resolute in your love for us. Work in us this day to help further your Kingdom. AMEN.

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 33:15-16

Monday, October 10, 2011 – Proper 24 & Ordinary 29, Year A

The lectionary selections for this week include: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. Alternate selections include Isaiah 45:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-9.

Exodus 33:15-16: And Moses said to the Lord, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

How does God’s presence in your life make you distinct? Can people tell you are a person of faith from your actions toward them? I think our faith can shine through as a testament to God through small things we do for one another…understanding touches, kind words, helping hands.

Prayer: Gracious God, help our lives be living testaments to your presence in our lives. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Kings 3:5, 9-10

Monday, July 18, 2011 – Proper 12 & Ordinary 17, Year A

The lectionary selections for this week include Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Alternate selections this week include 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 128 and Psalm 119:129-136. Have a blessed week!

1 Kings 3:5, 9-10At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” [And Solomon said], “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.

If you could have a wish granted, what would it be? Solomon asked God to help him know what was right. We live in an often confusing world of mixed messages. May Solomon’s wish be our wish as well.

Prayer: Loving God, grant us a measure of Solomon’s wisdom so that we might be the people of faith you would have us be. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, 2010 – Psalm 113:5-8

Psalm 113:5-8Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.

A pastor friend of mine ends many of the prayers I have heard him offer with the following: “In the name of the one who sits on high and reaches down low…” Scripture reminds us again and again that God cares for the poor and needy, but I also believe that at least one way God expects that care to be delivered is through each of us.

Prayer: Gracious God, bless our efforts this and every day to care for those who come before us. May they see a glimpse of your face in ours. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 19 & Ordinary 24, 2010 – Exodus 32:7-8

Exodus 32:7-8The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; They have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’”

I don’t think of us as patient people in general. To varying degrees, we want life to go our way when we want it…but God’s time may not be our time.

Prayer: Gracious God, grant each of us more patience so that we might see your plan unfold before us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 12 & Ordinary 17, 2010 – Genesis 18:26-28

Genesis 18:26-28And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.” Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five? And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”

God and Abraham do this back and forth for a few more verses. As I read it, I began to appreciate anew how through God, one person can make a significant difference in the world.

Prayer: Almighty God, be with us in our individual and collective efforts to better your creation. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 7 & Ordinary 12, 2010 – 1 Kings 19:11b-12

1 Kings 19:11b-12 He said [to Elijah], “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind, an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire the sound of sheer silence.

Elijah found God in the “sheer silence.” Take a break from the tumult of your day today, and listen for God in the silence and calm.

Prayer: Gracious God, speak to us so that we might know your will for us. AMEN.


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