Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Friday, August 12, 2022

Rev. Ed Zeiders

 

Opening Prayer:  O God of the Church, forever our Savior and Lord, hear my prayers. Blessed are you and glory is your holy name. We thank you, Lord, for the teaching and preaching that transformed the people. O that we could be among them, and yet we are here with you; and you are with us still. Awaken me to what you are saying about my life! Listen to my deepest yearnings! Help me make your ways deeper within me. Open my mind to grasp the fullness of your gifts. Teach me, Lord, and I will bear witness to the Kingdom you have brought to me. Thank you, Lord. Teach me, again and again; I will be your disciple and follow you all the days of my life. Amen.

 

Opening Song                                                    “Healer of Our Every Ill”                                               FWS 2213

 

Refrain: Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow. (1) You who know our fears and sadness, grace us with your peace and gladness; Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts. Refrain… (2) In the pain and joy beholding how your grace is still unfolding, give us your vision, God of love. Refrain… (3) Give us strength to love each other, every sister, every brother; Spirt of all kindness, be our guide. Refrain… (4) You who know each thought and feeling, teach us all your way of healing; Spirit of compassion, fill each heart. Refrain…

 

Biblical Text                                       “Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People”                  Matthew 4:23-25; 5:1                   

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pain, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them all. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. 5:1: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” (The Beatitudes follow in what we call “The Sermon on the Mountain”)

 

Reflections:  Jesus was an itinerant teacher and preacher. He moved from place to place teaching the people that the Kingdom was unfolding. In fact, Jesus was and is the Kingdom. The love and power of God was not some external thing, but a living reality in Jesus. The evidence of who and what Jesus was is made visible in the healing ministry he performed. God loves us that much, that the “Healer” of our bodies, minds, and souls was the living presence of God’s glorious reign. God wants us to be well—to be whole—a completeness only God can give. “When Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain and there he began to teach them what has become known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” Everything they needed to know was unfolding from the mouth of the “new Moses”, the new Law, and the new community of those who are being healed, called, and empowered. What a glorious moment it is when the Great Physician and Teacher becomes our Savior and the Lord of our lives. –Just thinking

 

Closing Chorus                                                  “Where the Spirit of the Lord Is”                              FWS 2119

 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace; where Spirit of the Lord is, there is love. There is comfort in life’s darkest hour; there is light and life, there is help and power in the Spirit, in the Spirit of the Lord.  –Sing it twice.

Pray and walk in the steps of the Master Teacher. Amen.

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