Daily Devotional 6-15-2012

Scripture: Mark 2:15-17
And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, seek many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, prescription they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

Thought for the Day: Who goes to the doctor when they’re well? I don’t. It’s not until I have a cold or a broken bone that I finally get into the doctor’s office to be made well again. But when we’re physically sick, we know we have something wrong with us, because the sickness presents itself in sniffles, coughs, whatever.

I think it’s a little bit more difficult to realize when we have a spiritual sickness. And really, that’s what sin is, a spiritual sickness. The tax collectors in this story aren’t sinners because they’re tax collectors, they’re sinners because their lives have become focused on the material world to the point that they have forgotten God as a real and active presence in their lives.

Jesus was (and remains) a healer, not only of physical infirmities, but also (and I think more importantly), of spiritual brokenness. Jesus, created as a perfect manifestation of love, surrounded himself with all the most broken of us, so that he might help us find God in our lives again; so that we too, like him, might know the incredible life that we can live when we rediscover an intimate relationship with the universal creative force of love that is our Holy God.

Prayer: Help me refocus my life in you, Glorious God! Help me see beyond my material self, and into my true nature, which is united in spirit with and by you, Eternal One. Amen.

Daily Devotional 6-14-2012

Scripture: Psalm 71:20-21
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my honor, tadalafil and comfort me once again.

Thought for the Day: In times of distress, whom do we turn to for comfort? Hopefully we all have friends and family we can count on, and certainly the church is (or at least should be) a source of comfort. But ultimately, when we’re stressed, confused, over-worked, worried, or all of those things, the only place we can really find relief is in God. It’s only when we take a few minutes to quietly let God work through all our stuff, that we find some peace and some peace of mind.

Life is not easy. In fact, as we have become more technologically advanced, we’ve managed to stress ourselves out more than ever before in human history. We can now be busy 24/7/365. Eventually, being constantly plugged in wears us down. So even in the depths of despair, we need to do our best to spend some time with the Supreme Comforter, the one who revives us over and over, so that no matter the task or difficulty we face, we know without a doubt that we are not going through it alone.

Prayer: Comfort me, Holy Lord, and revive my spirit so that I might once again live life through you. Help me learn to relax, Dear God, in knowing that the things I cannot control, are in your Divine control. Amen.

Daily Devotional 6-13-2012

Scripture: Romans 5:1a
Therefore, malady since we are justified by faith, search we have peace with God.

Thought for the Day: Peace with God is more than just peace of mind. Peace with God is soul changing. Our hearts melt with love and compassion. I think of peace with God as living in God’s love more fully and consciously, physician more often–being literally enveloped by love.

By first paying attention to our spiritual selves, a calm comes over the rest of our lives. We become more focused, more centered, more able to complete the task at hand, because our day is guided by our conscious relationship with God. That conscious communion with the Divine brings peace to our souls, love to our hearts, and energy to our spirit so that all we accomplish is from love. And in so doing, we love others equally, and praise God by paying the love God shows us forward.

Prayer: Grant me the awareness to be with you throughout my day, Holy One, so that I might find peace with you by my side, and love for others in my heart. Amen.

 

Daily Devotional 6-12-2012

remedy serif;”>Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 (NRSV)?
prescription serif;”>For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Thought for the Day: I’m often surprised when someone asks me, “Have you been saved?” Because I would think that anyone who’s a Christian would realize the only answer to that question, by Christian or non-Christian, can be “Yes.”  As Paul states over and over again, salvation is a gift, not given by anything we do (like confessing our faith in Jesus), but rather, grace is a gift from God, given to all of us. We’re all saved, because God’s activity in Jesus Christ was for all humankind.

Of course, this begs many questions about what exactly salvation is, and that topic belongs in a sermon, not a devotional. But for now, let’s consider that at least part of salvation is reconciliation of our human nature with God’s nature. We are made complete again, because God has saved us from drowning in our humanity the way a father saves a child from the deep end of the swimming pool.

Yes, whether or not you consider yourself a Christian, if you’re asked the question, “Are you saved?” Go ahead and answer yes.

Prayer: I can never thank you enough, amazing God of Grace, for reaching toward me to move my life, my heart, my soul, my very being closer to your glorious, unconditional love. Amen.