June 18, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for June 18, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “We Are the Glory of God”

Living a spiritual life is living a life in which our spirits and the Spirit of God bear a joint witness that we belong to God as God’s beloved children (see. Romans 8:16). This witness involves every aspect of our lives. Paul says, “Whatever you eat, then, or drink, and whatever else you do, do it all for the glory of God” (Romans 10:31). And we are the glory of God when we give full visibility to the freedom of the children of God.

When we live in communion with God’s Spirit, we can only be witnesses, because wherever we go and whomever we meet, God’s Spirit will manifest itself through us.

Today’s prayer by Ted Loder’s book, Guerrillas of Grace, adn is called “Make Me Simple.”

O Ingenious God, I rejoice in your creation, and pray that your Spirit touch me so deeply that I will find a sense of self which makes me glad to be who I am and yet restless at being anything less than I can become. Make me simple enough not to be confused by disappointments, clear enough not to mistake busyness for freedom, honest enough not to expect truth to be painless, brave enough not to sing all my songs in private, compassionate enough to get in trouble, humble enough to admit trouble and seek help, joyful enough to celebrate all of it, myself and others and you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dad Jokes

What did the Daddy Spider say to the Baby Spider? You spend too much time on the web.

I went to a seafood party last week, and pulled a mussel.

What did the mountain climber name his son? Cliff

Today’s links! 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/27/us/100-miles-in-a-day-veterans-suicide-trnd/index.html Peter Makredes ran 100 miles in 24 hours to raise money and awareness around veterans’ suicide. In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported an average of 20 suicide deaths per day in veterans. Between 2008 to 2017, the number of veteran suicides exceeded 6,000 each year.

 Shttps://canoe.com/news/good-news/elderly-grocery-store-bagger-finds-fame-on-youtubeo what do you do if you’re a 79-year-old grocery bagger put out of a job by the Corona virus? You become a famous chef on YouTube, of course.

https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-small-towns-in-america Here, according to Thrillist Travel, are the must-see small towns in every state.

https://www.wired.com/story/lamphone-light-bulb-vibration-spying/You’ll be glad to know that now it’s possible for people to spy on you by tuning in to the vibrations of your light bulbs.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/woman-ducks-waitrose-eggs-a4468696.htmlThis English woman got bored at home when laid off because of COVID, and so hatched some duck eggs she bought at a local store.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J4kzl1LPVABruce Springsteen and the Session Band turned in one rocking performance of “O Mary Don’t You Weep” at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006.


Sunday worship at 9 AM, with “Doughnut room” time starting at 8:30 AM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/815064120, Meeting ID: 815 064 120 Dial in to participate at +1 312 626 6799.


Copies of “Our Daily Bread” have arrived in the church office. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy, or help distribute them to others.


Don’t forget communion at Zoom church on July 12! Stop by the church office to get a prefilled cup and wafer set. Help distributing them is much appreciated as well.


Stay safe and stay well!