Corona Virus Day 92 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…
Ride by the Chapel after Dark…Lights!…

The most important function of art and science
is to awaken the cosmic religious feeling
and keep it alive.
Albert Einstein,
German theoretical physicist

Scripture
Matthew 17:14-20

Then the disciples
came to Jesus privately and said,
“Why could we not cast it out?”
He said to them,
“Because of your little faith.
For truly I tell you,
if you have faith
the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain
‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move;
and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jesus has told the disciples four times already (6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8) and they still don’t get it. All it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed.

N.T. Wright, professor and New Testament scholar, says, “Faith is like a small window through which you can see a vast landscape, and the landscape in question is the sovereign power of the creator God, and the overwhelming glory of Jesus himself. We stand at that window, doing our best to wipe it clean from the condensation of our own unbelieving breath, and holding on, as we do so, to those for whom we want to pray.”

Jesus spoke of faith the size of a mustard seed but powerful enough to move mountains. But, sometimes doesn’t it seem easier to move a mountain with only a spoon than to overcome violence and fear…easier to move a mountain than to cast out evil from our lives…easier to move a mountain than to relieve suffering…easier to move a mountain than to heal a human heart?

Will you stand at the small window of faith, gazing out on the landscape of God’s power and love, and with a faltering and mustard-seed-sized faith, bring those that you love and perhaps others to take in the view with you?

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation imagine yourself at the small window of faith, gazing on an image of God’s power and Christ’s love. What do you see? Perhaps you will stop and pray for the kind of faith that would move mountains. But, just for today, would you think about starting with one act of kindness that might heal the troubled heart of a neighbor, friend, or family member?

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.
And, grant that I might be an instrument
of your power and love. Amen.

Often our faith is strong and soars to great heights, but sometimes our hearts are the ones in need of healing, and faith, the size of a mustard seed is all we have left. If you ever feel like that, this song that Tamara offers will bring you hope.

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