Ordinary Time


What is saving you today?

Center yourself with a few deep breaths.

Think of God’s grace – God’s unmerited favor.

“The grace of God does not find [people] fit for salvation, but makes them so.” (St. Augustine of Hippo)


Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.

And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25


Have you ever had a good pep talk? Maybe before a game, a difficult school or work assignment, or just when times were tough, you’ve heard the right encouraging words to keep on keeping on. My dog Harley and I walk between 4 and 5 miles a day. When walking, I frequently find myself lost in a “personal pep talk.” I try to encourage myself for the day or tasks ahead. Harley doesn’t seem to mind, although he gives me an occasional look when I talk out loud – probably a few others walking do too.

In today’s verses we’re told to be unswerving in the hope we profess and to spur others on to love and good deeds. I’m betting you can think of friends and others that could use a pep talk – those in your world today that could benefit from hearing God’s love and encouragement. Find someone, be encouraging, and play your position.

Bill Ogletree


God, today show me unswerving hope. Help me to see it in my life and in others. Encourage me, so I can encourage others. Amen.


Stay focused on Jesus, and work to play your position with boldness.

Consider the words of Trappist monk and theologian Thomas Merton:

“My Lord God […] I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.”