Daily Devotionals (Page 2)

Daily Devotionals (Page 2)

Daily Devotionals and reflections by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles and The Rev. Rob Banse

During the COVID-19 shutdown, the Interim Rector The Rev. Dr. Rick Miles (Mon. – Thurs.) and The Rev. Rob Banse (on Fridays beginning April 3) will be creating a daily devotion with their reflections which will be added to this website. Additional resources are included in the links below. The text of weekly sermons and video of virtual worship services are included in the Sermon and Video Archives section of the website.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Today is Ascension Day, the day that Jesus dramatically exited his human existence to rejoin his Deity. We are told that as he left the Disciples’ sight, they still stayed on gazing up into the Heavens for quite a while. Our Psalmist, in Psalm 8 today, does something similar by gazing up into the Heavens. In both cases their perspectives are changed for the better. Perhaps some Heaven-ward gazing would help our perspectives too.  Take a…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Well, it’s back! I mean Psalm 119. It’s the really long one that’s hard to read and even harder to understand. It has something amazing to tell us, though, so hang in there and have a look at what the Psalmist is trying to tell us. If we do, we just might gain a deeper understanding of Jesus too. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, May 20, 2020                   RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 119:97-120PM Psalm 81, 82Lev. 26:27-42Eph.…

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Sometimes we can wonder if the seeds of life that we plant in others, or the good fruit we share to nurture and sustain them, has any lasting positive consequence. I was reminded today that such actions can and do condition the soil in those lives. Here’s a bit about that fourth soil type: The Open-to-Life Person trait. Peace,Rick+ Tuesday, May 19, 2020                         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 78:1-39 PM Psalm 78:40-72Lev. 26:1-201 Tim.…

Monday, May 18, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Have you ever wondered why some people aren’t the way they ought to be? In Jesus’ Parable of the Sower today, it might seem like he is answering that question. But watch out, he’s actually answering a deeper question about you and me. Peace,Rick+ Monday, May 18, 2020                         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 80 PM Psalm 77, [79]Lev. 25:35-55 Col. 1:9-14 Matt. 13:1-16 Matthew 13: The “Soils” within us. This parable of Jesus is…

Friday, May 15, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! I want to again thank Rick+ for giving me the opportunity to work on these Friday meditations. It has been a real blessing to have something “other” to think about than whatever happens to be in the daily news cycle. Indeed, it has become a discipline that brings meaning to the rest of the week, and for that I am most thankful. I also want to thank Laurie Gethin for her excellent editing, technological skills, and…

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus calls us all to become Seekers; a people who can let go of worry, because they seek to put God first in life. If we have ever needed to hear how to let go of worry, this is the time for this word from Jesus. Peace,Rick+ Thursday, May 14, 2020                             RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm [70], 71 PM Psalm 74 Lev. 19:26-37 2 Thess. 1:1-12 Matt. 6:25-34 Saints Days Anna…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Some Bible words are a bit hard to grasp. When we see them in a Scripture passage, we can tend to gloss over them as words to “get through” rather than understand. In today’s lesson from I Thessalonians, we encounter one of those most commonly glossed-over words. So, I’m taking this devotional to explain it, because to understand it can change our relationship with God. Read on. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, May 13, 2020                   RCL Daily Office…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Christ Church, The Lord’s Prayer isn’t a magic formula for prayer. It isn’t strictly a model for all other prayers we might pray. It is, however, a prayer that pulls us into the mind of God, and lets God pray into us God’s thoughts and desires. This morning we consider just one of its petitions designed to accomplish this in us. Peace,Rick+ Tuesday, May 12, 2020                         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 61,…

Monday, May 11, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Our current crisis is causing us all to consider how our personal habits might affect those around us. For some around us, this is a novel and new idea. But you might be surprised to know that this has always been the case for God’s people. In our reading from Leviticus today, we find out that our personal habits matter a great deal to God; they even have an impact on our worship. Peace,Rick+ Monday, May…

Friday, May 8, 2020

Good Morning, Christ Church! I am trying to spend less time on social media. That may seem counter-intuitive in our present circumstances. But so much that is posted, beyond the personal stories of those we love, is just so toxic. The vitriol, sarcasm, and anger contained in many posts tends to fuel the same in me, and that I do not need! However, every once in a while, I receive something that is truly beautiful in the truest sense of…