Posts Tagged 'Pray'

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 – Acts 10:34-36

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Acts 10:34-36Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all.”

Leading Cause #2 – COHERENCE: We strive for lives that have a sense of meaning and purpose. Imagine the coherence the disciples felt through their work with Jesus. Now imagine how that life-giving meaning was upset when Jesus was killed as a common criminal. Today, consider those people, those connections and those beliefs which bring the most meaning into your life.

Prayer: Faithful God, for those people, those institutions, for all that brings rich, life-giving meaning into our lives, we thank you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 20:1-2

Monday, April 18, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

We are approaching the first Sunday of Easter where we will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord. Since death has been overcome, since death has lost its sting, let’s consider embracing life and spend this week contemplating the Leading Causes of LifeTM, by Gary Gunderson with Larry Pray.

The lectionary passages for this week are numerous, and include: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 and Matthew 28:1-10.

John 20:1-2 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they laid him.”

Leading Cause #1 – CONNECTION: As human beings we depend on our connectedness to family, friends and even coworkers. Imagine the sense of loss Jesus’ followers felt after the crucifixion. Now Mary finds the tomb empty, making her think initially that the final connection to Jesus, his grave, has been severed. Think of the significant connections in your life. Wouldn’t you agree that those connections are life-giving?

Prayer: Creator God, you made us a people who thrive in healthy communities. Help us heal the disconnections in our lives so that we might live more fully. AMEN.


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