Posts Tagged 'Psalm 146'

Third Sunday of Advent 2016 – Psalm 146:8-9a

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Psalm 146:8-9a… the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow…

Not all of us are eye care professionals, but all of us are asked to help people see their lives through new lenses.  Not all of us are physicians or physical therapists, but all of us are asked to help people walk with their heads held higher.  Being such presences in people’s lives is easier if we know them, but we are asked to do the same to the strangers we meet as well.

Healer God, help us bring sight to the blind and strength to the lame.  Help us be more welcoming to the strangers we meet.  Amen.

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Proper 26/Ordinary 31 2015 – Psalm 146:8

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 

Psalm 146:8 – The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. 

We are well into football season here in the U.S.  On almost any game on any Sunday, you can see a player being helped off the field by a trainer or teammate whose arms are under the injured player’s shoulders so he can hobble off the field.  Close your eyes today, and sense God’s arms supporting you like the trainer supports the player.

Healer God, help us to sense your presence around us today and every day.  Amen.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 2015 – Psalm 146:3-4

Monday, October 26, 2015 

We begin our journey with Ruth and Naomi this week, and we consider the commandment that is first among all of God’s commandments.  The lectionary selections for this week include:  Ruth 1:1-18 and Psalm 146, Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Psalm 119:1-8, Hebrews 9:11-14, and Mark 12:28-34. 

Psalm 146:3-4 – Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.  When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.

“When you die, there will be stuff left in your inbox for someone else to deal with,” a coworker reminded me years ago.  She was commenting on perspective and reminding me that there is only so much any one human can do.

Everlasting God, help us to be vigilant in our focus on discerning your will for us.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 146:8-9a

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – Advent 3, Year A

Psalm 146:8-9a…the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow…

Not all of us are eye care professionals, but all of us are asked to help people see their lives through new lenses. Not all of us are physicians or physical therapists, but all of us are asked to help people walk with their heads held higher. Being such presences in people’s lives is easier if we know them, but we are asked to do the same to the strangers among us.

Prayer: Healer God, help us bring sight to the blind and strength to the lame. Help us be more welcoming to those strangers among us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, 2010 – Psalm 146:4-8

Psalm 146:4-8Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

The psalmist assures us that God, our creator, feeds us, heals us and frees us. God also opens our eyes and helps us stand up straight. The psalmist implores us to place our trust in God, “who keeps faith forever.”

Prayer: Faithful God, you have more faith in us than we have in ourselves. Help us see ourselves as you see us. AMEN.

Proper 5 & Ordinary 10, 2010 – Psalm 146:3-5

Psalm 146:3-5Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, the return to earth; on that very day, their plans perish. Happy are those whose help in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God…

We live with so many distractions – debt, loneliness, illness, the 24-hour news cycle. We are reminded by the passage today to focus on that which is eternal – God and God’s Holy will for us.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us better understand that which is eternal so that we might live into your expectations of us. AMEN.

Proper 27/Ordinary 32 – Psalm 146:5, 7-8

From Psalm 146:5, 7-8 – Happy are those whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God…who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry, the LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

I will be spending a good part of my day today thinking about this connection between faith and health, the interrelationship of our bodies and our spirits. These verses make it clear that healing ministry is every bit as fundamental to faithful living as is caring for the poor, the oppressed and the hungry.

Prayer:

Creator God, thank you for the gift of these wonderful bodies. Help us learn to care for them as we seek to achieve our highest level of wellness. AMEN.


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