Posts Tagged 'Matthew 6'

Third Sunday of Lent 2016 – Isaiah 55:2

Monday, February 22, 2016

For years our CEO, Rev. Dr. Scott Morris, has been quoted as saying what is a basic rule of the road for the Church Health Center: “Keep the main thing, the main thing.”  Our passages for this third Sunday of Lent offer this same instruction.  The lectionary selections include: Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, and Luke 13:1-9.

Isaiah 55:2 – [The LORD says,] “Why spend money on what does not satisfy?  Why spend your wages and still be hungry?  Listen to me and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all.” (TEV)

On the wall of our meditation chapel are the words from Matthew 6 that speak to the same idea as in today’s passage from Isaiah.  It instructs us to seek God’s life-giving Word, and strive to live in constant communion with God.

Gracious God, we live in a world full of distractions.  Help us to live our lives in ways that give honor to our faith in you.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 6:31, 33-34

Friday, February 25, 2011 – Epiphany 8, Year A

Matthew 6:31, 33-34 – [Jesus is speaking.] Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ of ‘What will we wear?’…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Consider the imagery from earlier in the week, when the crying baby was quickly calmed by the ministrations of a loving parent. Jesus is reminding us that our trust in God should be at this level. If we are successful, we will find that God provides for all our real needs.

Prayer: Provider God, help us fall back into your arms with a sense of trust that grows ever deeper. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 6:25

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Epiphany 8, Year A

Matthew 6:25 – [Jesus is speaking.] Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Our founder and Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Scott Morris often reminds us that life for life’s sake isn’t worth much. To encourage one to quit smoking or begin a new exercise regimen to simply add years to one’s life, rarely offers sufficient motivation. He goes on the say that what makes life worth living are those things which drive us closer to God, like more joy and love.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to first seek those things which bring us closer to you, which allow you easier passage into our hearts. AMEN.

Birds of the Air – Matthew 6:26a

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns…

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Ash Wednesday, 2010 – Matthew 6:19-21

The Fast I Choose
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The fast we are asked to choose is one which looks deeply at the needs of our neighbors. It is a fast aimed at justice for all rather than denial of self. It is a fast that pierces the dark places of our world. It is a fast that places priorities in the right order.

Prayer: Gracious and merciful God, the fast I choose requires your lead. Take my hand. AMEN.

Devotion for Thanksgiving – Matthew 6:31, 33

Matthew 6:31, 33 – “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Synonyms for strive include: struggle, try hard, attempt, do your best. In other words, striving first for the kingdom of God will not be easy and you will not always hit the mark. Striving for the kingdom of God is a life-long journey.

Prayer:

Loving God, as we journey toward a closer relationship with you, forgive all those times we fall short. AMEN.

Devotion for Thanksgiving – Matthew 6:27-29

Matthew 25:27-29 – “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?… Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

God cares for all of his creation. And if God cares about birds and flowers how much more does God care for us who are made in his image? Worry less and trust God more.

Prayer:

Almighty God, help us understand and trust you in new and deeper ways. AMEN.

Devotion for Thanksgiving – Matthew 6:25

Sunday will be the first day of Advent, but there are lectionary selections for Thanksgiving, so we will spend a few days with them. Those Thanksgiving passages include: Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Matthew 6:25-33.

Jesus is speaking in Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

As most of us, I enjoy eating good food and wearing nice clothes. But when I bow my head at the table at Thanksgiving, what I am most thankful for are the family and friends who surround me. It is through these people that I often feel a sense of closeness to God.

Prayer:

Gracious God, thank you for friends and family and for the way we can see you through these precious relationships. AMEN.

Ash Wednesday, Lent 1 – Matthew 6:19-21

From Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

For me, part of the discipline of Lent is to take time to intentionally reassess my life and my faith, and then make course corrections, or changes, if treasures are being stored inappropriately.

Prayer:

Loving God, help us to know your will and give us the strength to act toward others and ourselves in ways which honor that knowledge. AMEN.


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