Posts Tagged 'Peter'

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:40-41

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Acts 9:40-41Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.

I have read this passage many times.  What struck me in reading it today was the last sentence.  He showed that Tabitha was alive to both the saints and the widows – leaders of the faith and the poorest of the poor.  The power of God was revealed to all.

Gracious God, through our actions and our words, help us to proclaim our faith to everyone we meet today.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 – John 21:5-6

Friday, April 8, 2016

John 21:5-6Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.”  He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.

I couldn’t help but think of this scene as a metaphor for us today.  We live and work together in an exciting but complicated time.  Like me, you may even feel at times as though your personal net, your spirit, your enthusiasm, your energy, is depleted maybe even empty.   It is when we are feeling like this, that we need to listen even closer for God’s voice in our lives.

God of all harvests, help us to hear your voice in our lives.  Help us to find abundance in all we do.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 16:15-18

Friday, August 19, 2011 – Proper 16 & Ordinary 21 Year A

Matthew 16:15-18Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Abram became Abraham. Jacob became Israel. And now Simon becomes Peter (petra is Greek for rock). Transformational moments in the faith life of these leaders is marked by change…identity change…name change…responsibility change. Our faith should change us in such a way as to transform our identity, too.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us find our calling, and then help us live into that vision. AMEN.

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 – Acts 2:1-6

Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Pentecost Sunday, Year A

Acts 2:1-6When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one hear them speaking in the native language of each.

This idea of “…every nation under heaven…” is powerful to me. For these earliest Christians, the world would have included many of the countries of what are today North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Italy and maybe even Spain and some other parts of Asia. God’s Spirit made available to the entire world.

Prayer: Creator God, help us communicate your love and care with each person who comes before us today. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Peter 3:13-16a

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – Easter 6, Year A

1 Peter 3:13-16aNow who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.

I can’t imagine the difficulty of being a Christian in the first and second centuries, so this advice from Peter held significant meaning for its readers. Paraphrased this might read, ‘Be prepared to defend your beliefs, but do so with gentleness and with reverence.’ Or maybe as my Mom said to me many times when I was young, “Don’t lower yourself to their level!” This scripture reminds us that we should consider ourselves representatives of God at all times.

Prayer: Gracious God, it is easy to sense your presence during the high points in our life. Help us remember you are with us always, especially during our lower points. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Peter 2:4-5

Friday, May 20, 2011 – Easter 5, Year A

1 Peter 2:4-5Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

I am moved by Peter’s metaphor of living stones. Our faith work is laid on the foundation created by those who have come before us, and we are building the foundation for the generation to come. Not unlike Paul’s body of Christ language, it emphasizes our interdependence on one another.

Prayer: Gracious God, bless our faith work as we seek to build a lasting witness to your love for us. AMEN.

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