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Third Sunday of Advent 2016 – James 5:7-8

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

James 5:7-8Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and late rains.  You must also be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

As children of God, we have an obligation to care for one another.  This requires us to be nurturing presences to those around us even if our efforts aren’t met with smiling, happy faces.

Gentle God, thank you for all the people who surround us.  Give us the strength to treat our neighbors as though we have already walked a mile in their shoes.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Advent 2016 – Isaiah 11:7-9

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wonderful images of peace continue during this second week of Advent.  Our lectionary passages for this week include:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12.

Isaiah 11:7-9The cow and the bear graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.  They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Meat-eating animals will become plant-eating animals!  Children will play with poisonous snakes and not get hurt!  Today, we pray for God’s intentional activity among us to help usher in this perfect peace.

Gracious God of peace, join us in all we do for your kingdom.  Help us to sense your presence as we seek to do your will.  Amen.

Proper 24 (29) 2016 – Jeremiah 31:34

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lectionary selections for this coming Sunday include Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8.  Alternate selections include Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121.

Jeremiah 31:34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

We are working in congregations to reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health issues, including the stigma attached to those among us who are struggling with alcohol or drugs.  As these important conversations continue on how we might help these particular brothers and sisters, we should remember the covenant God makes with the people of Israel in the passage today.

Steadfast and forgiving God, help us see one another as though we are looking through your eyes.  Make us more forgiving people.  Amen.

Proper 7/Ordinary 12 2015 – 1 Samuel 17:38-39

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

1 Samuel 17:38-39Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.  David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them.

If you are like me, sometimes you just don’t feel comfortable in your own skin.  As I reflected on this, I began to think of people who spend years, even lifetimes feeling awkward, or unattractive, or even worthless.

God of us all, help us to shine a little bit of your love on each person we meet today.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2015 – Psalm 29:8-10

Friday, May 29, 2015

Psalm 29:8-10 – The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

I do not believe that God causes natural disasters as a way of punishing us or testing our faith.  But thinking on these three verses given the earthquakes in Nepal, the tornadoes in Oklahoma and the flooding in Texas, we can visualize the power of our God the psalmist is trying to describe.

Awesome God of all creation, grant us the wisdom to understand the vastness of your power and the depth of your love.  Amen.

Easter Sunday 2014 – Acts 10:34-35

Monday, April 14, 2014

The bleakness and sadness of Holy Week leads us to the joy and hope of Easter Sunday. Our Easter scriptures for this year include: Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8.

Acts 10:34-35Then 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.
These verses are important to me in my own faith journey with others. These verses acknowledge that people can love God and live faithfully, even in ways that are different from me.

Understanding God, help us to be more tolerant of our brothers and sisters who might see you somewhat differently than we do. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:23-26

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mark 1:23-26Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

Jesus spoke, and the man was healed. This passage reminds us that words can be healing for others. We can have hearts for healing and be effective witnesses even if we don’t have degrees in healing.

Loving God, may the words of our mouths provide genuine witness to your work in our lives. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 58:8

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Isaiah 58:8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rearguard.

This verse follows Isaiah’s admonition to “loose the bonds of injustice,” “share bread with the poor” and to “bring the homeless poor into your home.” We find our healing through helping others heal. We find our light by helping others light shine through.

Prayer: Almighty God, we ask your blessings as we seek to do your will through the holy work of helping others. Amen.

A Journey through Proverbs – Proverbs 31:8-9

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thank you for spending January with me as we studied Proverbs.

Proverbs 31:8-9Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Listen to the wise people of faith surrounding you. Act to increase the justice in this world. Be peacemakers whenever possible. Live in harmony with your community. And always care for the least among us. These are just a few of the rich lessons of Proverbs.

Prayer: Loving and almighty God, encourage us, and sometimes nudge us when necessary, to be our best selves in service to you and your children. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15For this purpose God called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

“…stand firm and hold fast.” The Thessalonians are being encouraged to practice their faith with great confidence. It is easy for us to be timid about our faith, but we should recall from elsewhere in the Bible that, like the Thessalonians, we are called to be beacons, to be lights.

Prayer (adapted from 2 Thessalonians 2:17): Loving God, comfort our hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Amen.

Picture for Proper 5/Ordinary 10 – Year C – 1 Kings 17:11

As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

Picture Citation

Picture for Trinity Sunday, 2013

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I noticed the three petals within three petals of this amaryllis in my neighbor’s yard.


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