Daily Devotionals (Page 3)

Daily Devotionals (Page 3)

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 7, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Sometimes we think we have God all figured out. But often that’s only because we have misunderstood God. At times like that, we desperately need a course correction in our thinking. In our passage from Exodus today, Moses gets such a correction, and it changes his life, and starts a change in the life of all Israel that reaches down to you and me today. Check it out! Peace,Rick+ Thursday, May 7, 2020                         RCL Daily…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Some passages of Scripture, especially some recorded encounters with God, can be difficult to understand; especially understand how they can make a difference in our own encounters with God, or understand how they can change our lives. One of those difficult passages is in our lesson from Exodus today. But take a look. It is telling us something amazing. Rick+ Wednesday, May 6, 2020                     RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 119:49-72 PM Psalm 49, [53]…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus calls all of us to be light; to be a shining example to the glory of God. Is there a way, a method for doing this? Of becoming light to the World, ourselves? “Yes!” says Paul in our Epistle lesson. Have a look. Rick+ Tuesday, May 5, 2020                           RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 45 PM Psalm 47, 48 Exod. 32:21-34 1 Thess. 1:1-10 Matt. 5:11-16 I Thessalonians and Matthew…

Monday, May 4, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, “Blessings abound!” “Count your blessings!” “Be a blessing!” All these very true truisms come to life in our readings for today. Understanding two of these readings in particular will help us catch a truth about blessings. May you be blessed in catching it. Rick+ Monday, May 4, 2020                           RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 41, 52 PM Psalm 44 Exod. 32:1-20 Col 3:18-4:6(7-18) Matt. 5:1-10 Saints Day Martyrs of the Reformation Era Psalm 41, Matthew…

Friday, May 1, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! Sheltering in place has certainly given us plenty of time to think. Frankly, being alone with our thoughts over an extended period of time may not always be best for us, especially if it leads to brooding and becoming overwrought.  On the other hand, the freedom to think without the usual busyness of life tugging at us is a real gift. (I recognize that those of you now teaching your children at home may find that…

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Wisdom can sometimes sound like platitudes. But, when those “pithy” sayings of our elders are based on a life well-lived, then they are worth paying attention. Such is the case with our Psalmist this day, as he shares with us his life’s collected wisdom. Peace,Rick+ Music for Your Soul from Richard Thibadeau, Music Ministries This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter – otherwise known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The following link will take you to…

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Did you know that, right now, there are people out there trying to determine which hymn is the greatest of all? We might wonder why they would bother except that most of us know the power of a great hymn in speaking to our spiritual lives. They have often become our favorites. Paul had some favorite hymns too, and in our epistle lesson today, he quotes one. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, April 29, 2020                  RCL Daily Office…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, I missed getting this Daily Devotional out yesterday, due to an unusually debilitating migraine. Still, I think the message of Psalm 15 is important enough that it is worth considering even on the wrong day. I have included links to Tuesday’s readings below the message so that you might read those too. Peace,Rick+ Monday, April 27, 2020 (sent Tuesday)        RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 25 PM Psalm 9, 15 Exod. 18:13-27 1 Pet. 5:1-14 Matt.…

Friday, April 24, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! I have been reading biographies these last several weeks of sheltering in place. Two have been particularly helpful. Erik Larson’s new biography, “The Splendid and the Vile” tells the story of Winston Churchill, his family, and close associates over the course of the Battle of Britain. It is certainly true that the ultimate trajectory of what we are going through right now is unknowable and therefore scary. But can you imagine going to bed every night…

Thursday, April. 23, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, What is the point of reading the life of a saint? Perhaps the best reason is that when that saint truly lives the way of Love vs. Hate, they leave us an example to follow; an example that can change us. Our Gospel lesson contains Jesus’ most famous commandment, to live the way of love, and our Saint this day is someone who lived it, and by doing so showed others who followed him, that way.…