January 30, 2011
Scripture: 2nd Samuel 22:33
The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path.
Thought for the Day: There are days when I hope God doesn’t gird me with too much strength because I don’t really want to do too much work. More often, people do not believe they have the strength to do what they feel called to do. Questions arise and uncertainty begins to take hold. Yet for those who have been willing to try, I have often heard people say, “I found strength I did not know I had.” That’s probably a good way of saying it since it wasn’t strength people had within themselves, but strength given as needed.
Prayer: For the opportunities of service that are ahead of me, O Lord, I request the needed strength to do what I’m called to do. Amen.
January 31, 2011
Scripture: Leviticus 19:1-2
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
Thought for the Day: I have always been intimidated by these verses of scripture. Holiness is one of those weighty theological ideas that seems out of reach for most of us. That’s why I appreciate the words of Mother Teresa who said, “True holiness consists in doing God’s will with a smile” I probably won’t do God’s bidding perfectly, but I can probably come up with a smile even when my best is only mediocre.
Prayer: There is something joyful and holy even in a clumsy attempt to follow your lead, O Loving God. Amen.
February 1, 2011
Scripture: Luke 3:11
In reply he said to them “Whoever has two coats mush share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”
Thought for the Day: I recently heard the statistic that people in the United States spend more money on trash bags than almost 20% of the world spends on food. There are a lot of statistics out there that, when I hear them, go in one ear and out the other. But for some reason, this one rattle me a little. The devices we use to carry out the food we didn’t eat or the other stuff we longer needed cost the same amount of money that 1/5th of the world’s population spends for their basic nourishment. Should we just cut down on the number of trash bags we use? Yes…but only because we have shared more of what we have, and thus have less to spend on stuff we would have thrown away had we bought it.
Prayer: Guide me, O Gracious God, into the great realm where the resources are viewed as even more valuable when they can be given away. Amen.
February 2, 2011
Scripture: Exodus 4:1
Then Moses answered, “But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’”
Thought for the Day: How many times has someone felt the urging of God, but decided to ignore it because they feared the reaction of others? I’m guessing it is a pretty high percentage. The words of doubt that might be expressed by others seem to outweigh the words of calling that are shared by God. I’d like to think that these opinions don’t matter, but the opinions of others do influence us…a lot. Though I would suggest that people might surprise us. They may still think we are a bit crazy, but I do believe that many people appreciate those of us who have a passion for good things.
Prayer: I’m probably going to need an extra infusion of your encouraging spirit, O Lord, and so I hope you are prepared to give it. Remain persistent, and I will do my best. Amen.