Posts Tagged 'thoughts'

Devotion for Pentecost Sunday 2014 – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Monday, June 2, 2014

This Sunday is Pentecost which is often considered the birthday of the Christian church. This week the lectionary scriptures are some of my favorites. Those scriptures include: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104 24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 and John 20:19-23. Alternate passages include Numbers 11:24-30 and John 7:37-39.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

One of Apostle Paul’s chief gifts to us was his concept of the “body of Christ,” which he discusses in this passage. Each of us has God-given gifts with which we can help bring healing to one another. Consider today your gifts and how you are using those gifts.

Gracious God, help us to know our special gifts, and help us use them to better your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Psalm 130:5-6

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Psalm 130:5-6I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

For years, my beach vacations have taken me to the Atlantic Coast. There are few more spectacular sights than facing the ocean and watching the sun slowly rise from behind the ocean.

Everlasting God, thank you for the beautiful sights of nature that remind us of your awesomeness. Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Psalm 121:3-5

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Psalm 121:3-5He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper…

I have a large Labrador retriever. Despite his size and strength he is utterly dependent on my wife and me for his food, water and shelter. While I am not suggesting God sees us as pets, the use of “keeper” in this Psalm made me think hard about how easy it is to fail to look to God for help and support.

Steadfast God, thank you for always being ready to hear our prayers when we decide to offer them. Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Romans 4:3

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Romans 4:3For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

God spoke to Abraham in Haran. His travel that ended in Canaan was about 500 miles in a straight line. Tennesseans will appreciate that such a distance is equivalent to walking from Memphis to the Virginia border. Of course, Abraham didn’t walk in a straight line.

Loving God, grant each of us a portion of the faith of Abraham. Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Genesis 12:1

Monday, March 10, 2014

We are approaching the second Sunday of Lent. The lectionary passages for us this week are: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9.

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

God comes to Abraham, and tells him to leave the land and family he knows. Then God says, “I’ll get back to you on where you are going to end up.” Abraham was asked to have radical trust in God. So are we.

God of Abraham, help us to hear your voice in our lives so that we may have the opportunity to follow you more closely. Amen.

Ash Wednesday 2014 – Psalm 51:10

Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Psalm 51:10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a season of reflection, of taking stock of ourselves as people of faith. We pass through Lent with the hope that with the coming of Easter, we can experience our own resurrection, our own rebirth.

Almighty God, be with us throughout this season and as needed, remold us as your children. Amen.

First Sunday of Lent, 2014 – Psalm 32:7

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Psalm 32:7You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah.

Selah appears 74 times in the Hebrew Bible, 71 of those times in the Psalms. I have normally dropped it from these devotions, but I kept it in place this morning. One of the meanings suggested for selah is measure or measured. Read the selection again, and instead of selah, say “Measure carefully what has just been said.”

Wonderful God, help us to remember that we can always find shelter in you. Amen.

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