Posts Tagged 'Matthew 14'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 14:28-31

Friday, August 5, 2011 – Proper 14 & Ordinary 19, Year A

A storm has moved the disciples’ boat out into the water, and our scripture picks up at the point when the disciples notice Jesus walking on water toward them.

Matthew 14:28-31 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

I take comfort knowing that disciples walking close to Jesus had lapses of faith. We are imperfect beings, and our God understands that about us.

Prayer: Steadfast God, our faith is sometimes the size of a mustard seed, but you take that faith and do amazing things. May all our work glorify you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 14:22-23

Thursday, August 4, 2011 – Proper 14 7 Ordinary 19, Year A

The following passage picks up after the 5,000 had been fed from five loaves and two fishes.

Matthew 14:22-23Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.

In what we read last week, Jesus had heard of the killing of John the Baptist and he retreated to be alone, but he was followed by more than 5,000 people. As today’s scripture indicates, Jesus finally gets to spend time alone with God, and we are reminded that despite the demands placed on us by those outside, we must seek time for ourselves…to be with our own thoughts and with our God.

Prayer: God of grace, our world can get so loud and confusing. Help us remember to take time to care for ourselves and our relationship with you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Genesis 32:24 & Matthew 14:13

Friday, July 29, 2011 – Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, Year A

Genesis 32:24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Matthew 14:13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself.

These scriptures are tied together in that both Jacob and Jesus wanted to be alone. Jacob feared for his life, and Jesus had just learned of the death of John the Baptist. Through wrestling with a man, and through the miracle feeding of the 5,000, God’s presence with both men is made apparent. No matter how alone we might feel, God remains a steadfast presence in our lives.

Prayer: Eternal God, when we go through dark hours in our lives, may we be especially mindful of your constant presence. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 14:13-14

Thursday, July 28, 2011 – Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, Year A

Matthew 14:13-14Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

This is the start of Matthew’s account of the feeding of the 5,000 miracle. In the verses prior to this one, Jesus has just learned that his friend, John the Baptist, has been killed, so Jesus was trying to get away, likely to grieve, but the crowds followed him. Duty often gets in the way in our own lives, and I take comfort knowing that Jesus had similar struggles.

Prayer: Compassionate God, thank you for moments of solitude when we can grieve or heal or rest. During those other times we are unable to separate from the world around us, thank you for being with us, giving us strength to continue. AMEN.

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