Corona Virus Day 91 Daily Devotion

Do the Loving Thing-Wear Your Mask in Public…
Act for the Common Good…
Spend 20 Minutes in Prayer and Silence…
Keep Trying Not to Touch Your Face…
Join in “Joy Hour” at 5:00…
Keep our Confirmands in Your Prayers…
“This Too Shall Pass”…
Remember, Covid-19 is a Public Health Issue…
Not a Religious Liberty Issue…
Plan on Attending Worship…It’s Youth Sunday!
Remember Those Who Offered Their Lives…
Be Grateful…
Remember the Joy of Your Wedding Day…
Be Open to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit…
It’s Rainy Friday, but Sunny Sunday is Comin’…
Pray Psalm Sixty-Seven…
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters…
Take a Break, You Deserve It…
We Will Get Through this with God’s Help…
Congratulations Jade and the Class of 2020…
Congratulations to Lyla Sinisi, middle schooler…
Congratulations Rowan Collins, middle schooler
Enjoy God’s Verdant and Bright Creation…
Spend a Few Minutes with the Church Survey…
Be Thankful for this Chapel and its People…
Reflect God’s Radical Hospitality…
Welcome the Chapel Survey Call…
Give Thanks to God for our Care Deacons…
Enjoy the Sunshine…
Asking God’s Forgiveness…Juneteenth…
Rejoice, It’s a New Week to Serve God…
The Power of Prayer, Wednesday, 10:00…

All praise be yours, my Lord,
through Sister Earth, our mother,
who feeds us in her sovereignty
and produces various fruits
and colored flowers and herbs.
Francis of Assisi,
Italian friar, mystic, preacher

Scripture
Matthew 17:14-20

When they came to the crowd,
a man came to him, and said,
“Lord, have mercy on my son,
for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly…
I brought him to your disciples,
but they could not cure him.”

Let’s take a moment to set the scene for this story. The disciples have just confessed to Jesus that they believe that he is the long-awaited Messiah. Jesus has replied, to their horror, that the way to the fulfillment of his kingship is through his suffering and death. Then, he takes three of the disciples up a mountain and is transfigured before them, and they hear God’s voice from heaven declaring that Jesus is indeed God’s beloved one.

Meanwhile, the other disciples have been left at the foot of the mountain only to encounter a challenge they couldn’t deal with. Perhaps that’s where we see ourselves right now…facing an impossible challenge. Perhaps our challenge is the illness of a loved one or the constant threat of vial infection that is invisible but all around us. Perhaps our challenge is loneliness or isolation or despair or anger or addiction or just the feeling that things will never again be as they once were. Or, perhaps our challenge is so sad and secret that we can’t even speak of it to even our family or best friends.

So, we stand there with Jesus as he shakes his head. Surely, he thinks, that his followers have seen what he has been doing…feeding the hungry, healing the sick, welcoming the outcast, raising the dead…and surely they have learned that God’s power is wiling and able to do whatever is needed. An exasperated Jesus must be thinking, I can’t believe that in the short time I left them on their own that they reverted to their old way of thinking…wonderful things just don’t happen, life is tough, there’s nothing we can do.

But, they were wrong. Jesus heals the boy.

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation imagine that through this story you too are in the crowd, close enough to Jesus to kneel before him and speak to him. Imagine that you have brought with you someone very close to you who is in serious need of Jesus’ help. Take a moment and picture who you have brought with you.
Now, pause there and watch as Jesus heals the boy. With the full confidence of God’s compassion, mercy, grace, and power…pray from your heart for the one you have brought and placed before Jesus.

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus,
you have the power to heal and to rescue.
Today, I pray for _______________,
who needs you so badly.
Bring him/her/them your healing love
and transform their lives
with your grace. Amen.

As you end your prayer, remember that for this moment, you are so close to Jesus that you can kneel before hime and speak to him from your heart. But, this song that Tamara offers reminds us that God is always with us.

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul