Posts Tagged 'prophet'

Proper 9/Ordinary 14 2015 – Mark 6:4

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mark 6:4Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”

I have been thinking a lot about the respect we give to one another.  I don’t know that I believe the saying, ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’ but I think respect is more complicated than something that is just earned.  Respecting others requires intentional effort on our part, too.

Forgiving God, help us to see people as though we are looking at them through your eyes.  Amen.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 22 & Ordinary 27, 2010 – Lamentations 3:19-23

Lamentations 3:19-23The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

One of my favorite hymns, Great is Thy Faithfulness, is based on verses 22 and 23 of this passage. Despite the sadness over the loss of Jerusalem, the writer continues to give glory and honor to God, acknowledging as in the hymn, “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”

Prayer: Steadfast God, while we struggle with short attention spans, your love for us is never-ending. Thank you for this day and all the possibilities for service it brings. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, 2010 – Amos 8:4-6

Amos 8:4-6Here this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the Sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

An ephah was a unit of dry measure equivalent to about a bushel, and a shekel in this context was likely referring to weight. The prophet is chastising those who would anxiously await the end of Sabbath observances, for example, so that they might get back to selling their wheat in less than bushel quantities at bushel prices, placing money and self ahead of God.

Prayer: Almighty God, forgive us for all those times we place you second hurting our relationship with you and with our brothers and sisters. AMEN.

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