Apr
20
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Psalm 31:1-4,15-16, My Times are in Your Hand

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My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
— Psalm 31:15

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 20, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

If I’m honest, my worst enemy and persecutor is me.

How often do I make choices based on self-reliance that wind up making my life more difficult? How often do I berate myself for my imperfections? My father used to say to me on a regular basis, “Rebekah, your standards for yourself are too high!” And failing to trust God to provide all my needs, I plow forward on my own steam only to find myself more frustrated.

I find in this text such a blessed word of comfort: My times are in your hand. I can turn over to God all that is needed, and God will deliver me from my own worst enemy.

Thus freed, I can apply myself in sacrificial love to God’s work of helping those whose enemies and persecutors are the worldly forces of oppression, not simply self-inflicted high standards.

Liberating God, I turn my enemies and persecutors over to you, trusting in the promise of your deliverance.

 

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Apr
19
12:00 AM00:00

John 18:1–19:42, Good Friday/Passion

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Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples.
— John 18:2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, April 19, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Sometimes surrender is the best way to victory.

Again, unlike the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, John’s Jesus was quite verbose at his encounter with Pilate. He neither admitted nor denied the accusations against him. How could he? They were human accusations about human-made doctrines. Jesus was God being held to human standards. He could not win this human fight as God.

But Jesus knew that this was going to be the outcome. He had enough wisdom to talk his way out of this, but he didn’t try. He had enough followers to fight his way out of this, but he didn’t ask them to. Jesus knew that surrendering to the unstoppable wave of hatred and spite would have far more lasting effects than fighting. He came to bring God’s peace to this world. Fighting would be contrary to his entire message. He spoke with wisdom whenever the situation called for wisdom. Here, his refusal to beg for his life was wisdom.

Surrender is not in our nature. We have an instinct for fight or flight. Surrender requires an internal strength and self-confidence. Especially when surrender ends in the way Jesus’ did. But sometimes surrender is the best way to victory. We can surrender our self-interest in favor of the interests of others. We can surrender control in favor of healing (think addiction). We can surrender over-achieving and impossible standards in favor of healthy work-life balance. There are many ways we can surrender so that God can take over. In the end, Jesus’ surrender conquered sin and death, and we are blessed by it forever.

Holy Lord,

Your mercy is infinite and your forgiveness sure. Be patient with us when we fail you, and renew your promises within our sorrowful hearts, to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

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Apr
18
12:00 AM00:00

John 13:1-17; 31b-35, Maundy Thursday

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He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.
— John 13:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, April 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus handed off the mission and ministry to his disciples in an intimate and vulnerable way.

By now the disciples were getting used to Jesus’ puzzling words and unusual actions. Even so, this one took them by surprise once again. For as often as Jesus spoke of justice and equality, their social structure was just too well ingrained to conquer quickly. They had been following Jesus for three years, learning from him and emulating him – he, their rabbi, and they, his disciples.

But on this Passover, Jesus turned the tables once again. He put on a towel and washed their feet – traditionally the job of the lowest servant in the household. How jarring it must have been, in a culture where class is everything, to have their rabbi demean himself in such a manner!

Peter’s response is priceless. All puffed up, he refused to be part of Jesus’ demeaning himself – until Jesus made it clear that the foot washing was necessary for them to have a share with Jesus. How quickly Peter turned! Well, if foot washing produces a share, then Peter wants to be washed head, shoulders, knees, and toes – a lion’s share of the blessing! I picture Jesus chuckling at this as he points out that isn’t necessary – the feet will be enough.

It might be hard for us to truly understand how incredibly moving and meaningful this act would have been. We are not bound by quite as stringent manners and rules of class as they were. But if you have ever washed another person’s feet, you will know how intimate and vulnerable an experience that can be. For Jesus, who has been at the top of the food chain for 3 years, the vulnerability shown here was just the tip of the iceberg. This vulnerability was tender and intimate – the next would be humiliating and disgraceful.

But it was more than just a preparation for the events to come. It was a handing on of the mission and ministry God had given him, and would continue through his disciples. It was a painfully tangible goodbye – a show of kinship for the suffering they would all endure as a result of carrying the torch. This moment is the calm before the storm – a sweet breath before the turmoil that is to come.

Almighty God,

You took on the role of a servant when you gave everything for our sake. Teach us to humble ourselves for the honorable work of serving others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Apr
17
12:00 AM00:00

John 13:21-32, Jesus Foretells his Betrayal

Key Verse

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.
— John 13:26

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Judas was the betrayer.

In other gospels, Jesus is depicted as knowing he would be betrayed, but in this text, he knows EXACTLY who.

Did Jesus decide who it would be?

Was it a necessary part of the story?

Was Judas already pre-disposed to ugly choices?

It’s unclear. But what is clear is that even those in the presence of the living, breathing Christ are susceptible to evil and it’s affects.

Powerful and all-knowing God, we invite your Holy Spirit to fill us with your light. Protect us from the power of evil, guide our choices for what is good. Amen.

 

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Apr
16
12:00 AM00:00

Psalm 71:1-14, Never Put to Shame

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In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
— Psalm 71:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Neuroscientists and psychologists alike have shown the potential destructiveness of shame in a person’s life. Shame can be an insidious, creeping shadow that seems to follow you throughout your life. Children who are exposed to shaming often find later in life that stress levels are still going through the roof.

Fellow Hazelden author and respected speaker Brené Brown has much to say about shame.

http://www.ted.com Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

I find it peculiar that scripture often confronts the shame-based society that was present during the time when many books of the Bible were written.

Maybe there’s something to be learned here, that God is not ultimately about shaming a person, but wants to help them claim their own dignity.

Perhaps?

Does shame play a role in your life? How?

 

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15
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Hebrews 9:11-15, The New Promise

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For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
— Hebrews 9:15

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, April 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Isn’t it funny how our brains work? Dunno about you, but in the wee hours of the morning sometimes I wake from sleep. And, of course, the only thing I can think about is a certain event in the past that I did WRONG.

Maybe it’s our brain’s way to remind ourselves what’s really important so that we do not make a mistake again. But, boy, is it annoying.

One of the things I think about from the past are times when I haven’t kept a promise. Either out of neglect or simple laziness, I didn’t follow through with what I said I was going to do.

Thanks be to God that we have A) Forgiveness, and; B) A relationship with the One who does keep promises!

Thank you for keeping your promises and redeeming me, O God.

 

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14
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Luke 19:28-40, Palm Sunday: We All Have Our Own Jesus

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As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen
— Luke 19:37

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, April 14, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Everybody perceives Jesus in their own way.

On November 15, 2015, a young black man named Jamar Clark was shot and killed by police officers in Minneapolis, MN. The incident sparked months of protests, as members of the community demanded justice for Jamar. As eyewitness accounts were reviewed, one thing became clear – everybody who witnessed the event saw and heard something different. Even as videos were examined, people watching the very same video saw very different things. To this day, the truth of what happened remains a mystery, with people on both sides of the debate continuing to disagree about what really happened.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, many crowds gathered. Some celebrated Jesus, spreading cloaks and palm branches on the road as a sign of respect and honor for their hero. Others saw a troublemaker and demanded he calm the crowds for fear of rioting. The fact is there were many eyewitnesses, and many differing accounts of what was happening. Even today there are as many differing accounts of who Jesus is as there are people on the planet. Some laud Jesus as God, others as a wise prophet, others as a crazy person, and many as irrelevant. Among us who witness Jesus as God, opinions vary about how Jesus shows up in the world today. Congregations can be strengthened by allowing the many voices to be heard, and the infinite ways Jesus is perceived to be shared.

Lord of the holy procession,

We meet you with praise on our lips. Keep those refrains ringing in our ears when the cheers fade and you face the gravity which this somber week holds. In the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

 

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Apr
13
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Luke 22:1-13, Making Preparations

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Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
— Luke 22:7-8, 13

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Every time I pack to go somewhere, I am reminded of just how long it takes to prepare.

I keep thinking this time it won’t take me as long. But it always takes as long as it takes. Frustrating!

But also humbling. Jesus sent his disciples to prepare the Passover meal, the annual remembrance of God’s delivery of God’s people, while Jesus himself prepared to stand in for the Passover lamb and deliver God’s people once and for all. Such preparations took as long as they took. There was no rushing to fulfillment. All was fulfilled in Jesus when the time was right.

I have to prepare my heart each day to accept God’s love in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit. There are times I’m just not having it; rebellion seeps in and I take back my will to control life on my own terms. I need to intentionally call myself back to the preparing, accepting that the work will take as long as it takes.

Gracious God, grant me patience to accept myself on this journey of preparation.

 

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12
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Hebrews 2:10-18, Like His Brothers and Sisters

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Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
— Hebrews 2:17-18

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, April 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

How beautiful that God became human in Jesus.

Fully human, with all of our bodily needs and emotions. If he hadn’t, he couldn’t have experienced what it is to suffer as we suffer. And he suffered so much more than most of us ever will.

Everyone struggles with the trials of being human, but some of us deal with a level of adversity that others of us cannot possibly imagine. How can we share the sacrificial love of Christ with those whose challenges so far exceed our own?

It begins with a willingness to become like our brothers and sisters. To create space in which to hear and honor their stories of struggle and pain. To witness to the lived experience of the Other.

Lord Jesus, be my example and help me to listen with humility to my brothers and sisters.

 

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11
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Hebrews 2:1-9, Humans and Angels

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‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them,*
or mortals, that you care for them?
— Hebrews 2:6

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, April 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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How very special are we?

In the story of Charlotte’s Web by EB White, the question of life and death ties the whole story together.

Some characters have a longer life cycle - and some, like Charlotte, live a short time.

Have you ever thought that death might make us special?

That our lives being finite could be a gift? That we know we only have this one life, so we’d better live it well?

In the cartoon adaptation, Debbie Reynolds sings the song Mother Earth and Father Time, which speaks to this very idea.

How very special are we,
For just a moment to be
Part of life’s eternal rhyme.

How do you feel about the fact our lives our finite?

 

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10
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Luke 18:31-34, Jesus Predicts His Death

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But they understood nothing about all these things
— Luke 18:34

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Sometimes I just don’t get it.

I’m confused about faith, what Jesus is all about, why he had to die. Everything.

I get lost in my need to make things make sense. And then I question everything.

It’s really helpful to know that the disciples were often stuck in a fog.

They were with the living, breathing embodied Jesus - and they STILL didn’t always understand what was happening.

And Jesus loved them anyways.

I find comfort in that.

God of mystery, we give you thanks that even when we don’t understand, you are still with us, loving us deeply. Amen.

 

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Apr
9
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Psalm 20, Chariots 'n Horses

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Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
— Psalm 20:7

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, April 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

People are usually surprised when I inform them that I had been a pastor for over a decade. “You don’t look it,” they say.

What’s a pastor supposed to look like, anyway?

I suppose they see the tattoos on my forearms and my desire to wear hip clothing and my manner of speaking and think, pastor?

Whatever.

But I have to say that although I’m glad I don’t serve God in that capacity anymore, that it still remains a challenge for me to place God first in my life. It’s easy to place other priorities higher.

Take cars, for instance.

Like most red-blooded, American, cis-gendered heterosexual males (alright, it’s a stereotype), I LOVE looking at cars. There’s something so quintessentially sexy and enthralling about new cars. Especially fast, sexy ones.

Fascinating, isn’t it, when you consider that thousands of years ago, people were gawking at chariots and finely-bred horses?

The technology has changed, but the human condition certainly hasn’t!

God, grant me the wisdom to place you first in my life. Remind me that your work is just as exciting and engrossing as what the world thinks of as important. Amen.

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8
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Hebrews 10:19-25, The Curtain is Drawn

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Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
— Hebrews 10:19-22

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, April 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Imagine yourself sitting in a gigantic theater, or perhaps a stadium. The stage is so far away you can barely make out where the performer is supposed to appear any moment now.

The throngs of people all around you quiver with the same anticipation you feel in your heart. You’re excited, but nervous all the same. Soon, he will appear and you’ve always told all of your friends that you wanted to see him, live.

When the concert begins, you’re in ecstasy.

Is this what heaven will be like? Or is this only a metaphor through which the writer of Hebrews describes the role Jesus played—that he gave us a glimpse of God’s own self through his broken flesh, but also through his resurrection?

Perhaps it’s a bit of both. What’s for certain, though, is the curtain has been drawn, the stage is set, we know God’s will for creation.

Now, let’s not forget this for today; it’s easy to do.

Amen.

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7
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John 12:1-8, Fifth Sunday in Lent

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You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
— John 12:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, April 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: This moment belongs to Jesus – king, and redeemer.

Didn’t Jesus care about the poor? Did it really take the words of Judas, the betrayer, to point out the disparity between the needs of the poor and Jesus’ needs? Well, maybe it’s not that simple.

Jesus’ time on earth was nearly done, but his work was not finished. He still had one last truly important thing left to do – save the word from sin and death by his own death and resurrection. Healings, miracles, teachings, and acts of service had been started and would continue after his death. But this was Jesus’ moment. This was his opportunity to tell the world who he was and what he was here to do. Mary’s anointing symbolized not only Jesus’ reign as a royal, but also his impending death and burial. (Kings were anointed to indicate their ascent to royal leadership; dead bodies were also anointed to preserve the bodies and mask the scent of death.) This act of anointing came to mean so much more than even Mary could have known. This moment set Jesus up as the king who had to die to save his people.

So, what about the poor? Jesus’ words were not callous or dismissive. He pointed out a difficult truth – that the work of serving the poor would continue as long as there were humans on the earth. His moment did not diminish their need, it punctuated it.

A few years back, when attending a synod assembly (a gathering of local church leaders), I was overwhelmed by the needs laid before us. We were asked to donate to charities that provided mosquito nets to countries plagued with malaria and other bug-carried illnesses. We prayed for the polar bears and the melting polar icecaps. We were urged to send youth on mission trips to rebuild cities destroyed by floods. It was all too much – the need was so great in so many arenas, and since I couldn’t solve all of them, I lost confidence that I could solve any of them.

After much reflection, I decided we, as individuals, are not called to solve all of the world’s crises. We are called to contribute to the solving of the crisis or crises for which we have a passion. God has created us all with unique gifts, talents, and passions. What I pour my heart into will be vastly different from what my neighbor pours their heart into. But if we both jump in with both feet to our unique passions, we will affect change.

Jesus did care for the poor. He spent a lot of time turning the social structure on its head so that the poor would be served. But today, six days before the Passover that would begin the events of his Passion, this moment belongs to Jesus.

Faithful Lord,

As Mary honored you before your death and burial, so may we honor you with our words, our deeds, and our lives, in service to the ones you love. For Jesus’ sake, we pray. Amen.

 

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6
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Exodus 12:21-27, Blood on the Lintel

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For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.
— Exodus 12:23-24

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

We, like the Israelites, are chosen—called by name, redeemed, and sent into the world.

Yet in the story of the Exodus, God commands the beloved chosen to make an outward sign—paint the blood of a lamb on their lintel and doorposts—so that God would recognize them and pass them over from the destruction of the Egyptians.

Surely we do not earn God’s grace or worldly benefit by such outward acts. Yet as witnesses to God in a world that otherwise does not recognize us, a sign is necessary. I’m not talking a cross necklace, or even the street-corner proclamation of the Word. God’s command of the Israelites involved a sacrifice, and it is no less true for us.

As the old camp song goes, “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Love is the blood on the lintel, the sign that we follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. Not romantic love, not some vague feeling for others, but active love. Reaching out to serve others without thought of return—not even of winning disciples. Love as an active sacrifice of self to the Other is the most potent sign of who we are and whose we are.

What visible sign of my faith will I present to the world today?

 

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5
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Isaiah 43:8-15, I, I Am the LORD

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You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen.
I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.
— Isaiah 43:10a, 11, 14a, 15

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, April 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

If there was any question about who God is, and who we are in relationship to God, it is clearly and powerfully laid to rest here.

Such amazing language, such strong images. God is Redeemer, Holy One, Creator, King, and LORD. 

This leaves no room for anyone to try to be God in his or her own life, or in the lives of others. I need to be reminded of this daily—it is so easy to fall into the temptation to bulldoze through my life and everyone around me so that I feel comfortable. To think that solving all the world’s problems rests on my shoulders. To act control everyone and everything as if the fate of the universe were up to me. Here’s a hint: it’s not.

If God is God, then who are we to be? Above all, we are witnesses. Witnesses to the power of God in our lives and in the world. Actors directed by God to do God’s will and work in the world, while leaving the outcomes to God alone. 

What sweet relief! Not having to manage things I have no business trying to manage suddenly frees my mind and heart so that I can come before God in humility, ask what it means to be a witness in my life today, and trust the world to my Redeemer, Holy One, Creator, King, and LORD.

Holy and merciful God, inspire me to witness to you through my words and actions in the world, trusting in your power and love.  

 

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Psalm 126, God will Restore

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May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
— Psalm 126:5

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, April 4, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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We can trust in God even when things are at their worst.

The Psalmist speaks of prior evidence that God can restore our lives from desolation to joy and wonder.

Does that mean that we will become rich if we pray enough?

Probably not.

But God will never abandon us, and in that, I take great comfort.

Can you look back on tough times and see where God was in those moments?

 

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Luke 9:10-17, The Feeding of the Five Thousand

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But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’
— Luke 9:13

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Everyone knows about the feeding of the 5,000.

We chortle at those silly disciples who said they didn’t have enough food.

But really, which one of us aren’t like those disciples?

Putting up road blocks when Jesus commands us to do the most basic things.

Jesus says, “Love your neighbor.”

We say, “We tried, Lord, but they were so mean.”

It happens over and over again. We resist the overwhelming love that is shown by Jesus.

Lucky for us, Jesus will never stop trying to get us to pull the impossible.

Have you resisted something that might have been a command from God? How did things work out?

 

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Psalm 53, No . . . Not One

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They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good,
no, not one.
— Psalm 53:3

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Scripture often really surprises me. Mostly because it never fails to amaze me how human earlier humans were!

The Psalmist laments that there exists not one who has not fallen away from God. Sometimes, it really feels like this today. Nearly every topic in the news laments over the situation that human beings have gotten ourselves in. From global warming to overpopulation, to the acidification of the ocean to drug abuse, sometimes I fail to find any optimism for the prospects of the human race.

I believe it was George Carlin who once said that people shouldn’t be sad about the state of the earth and its environment—the earth will be fine, he said. It will just spit us out until a new species develops enough intelligence to, say, record which species lived before them.

Within all of this, I find hope in that God has not abandoned us. Even though sometimes it feels this way, we have the promise that God will provide and continue to provide as we push forth into the future.

What are your hopes for humanity? Do any of us truly follow God’s ways for which God has set for each of us?

Finish devotion with short prayer written in the first person or a thoughtful question for your readers.

 

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