Posts Tagged 'Ordinary 27'

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Mark 15:15-16

From Mark 15:15-16 – Jesus is still talking. “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. And he took [the children] up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

I have heard my grandsons exclaim, “This is what I have always wanted!” numerous times. A child’s joy is not tempered by a mask that tries to hide their true self. Children are genuine, and that is what God wants us to be.

Prayer:

Loving God, help us remove the masks we have worked so hard to create so that we can fully live into your will for us. AMEN.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Mark 10:13-14

Hard to believe there are only three months left in 2009!

While in the region east of the Jordan, also known as Perea…From Mark 10:13-14 – People were bringing the little children to [Jesus] in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

I was eating lunch at a restaurant on Sunday when a family passed by us. The little boy being carried by his mother looked at us with the sweetest smile and waved. In that moment, I was shown a trust in and love for life by that young boy that often escapes me.

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us be able to approach you with the faith, love and trust of a young child. AMEN.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Psalm 8:1-2

From Psalm 8:1-2 – O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

“…out of the mouths of babes…” This passage in which a fortification against foes is built by some of the least among us, reminds us that in God, all is possible.

Prayer:

God of mystery, continue to work through each of us so that we might do amazing things for your kingdom. AMEN.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Psalm 26:11-12

From Psalm 26:11-12 – But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; in the great congregation I will bless the LORD.

When I read this scripture, I thought of helping someone stand up who has fallen. I take their forearm in my hand, then I plant my feet firmly and evenly on the ground so I won’t slip as they rise up. Similarly, God’s spirit provides a sort of level ground for us so that we can walk truthfully and honestly.

Prayer:

Almighty God, give us strength to meet the challenges of this day. AMEN.

Picture for Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Genesis 2:19a

So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air…

Ever since this picture was emailed to me, I have wanted to post it. Enjoy!


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