The Trinity Daily Devotion

April 13, 2014



Rev. Dr. Clyde A. White
Psalm 118:1-2; 14-24 (NIV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”

Lenten Devotion "How Awesome Is Our God"  

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right is lifted high; The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

These verses from this marvelous Psalm serve as a reminder to all believers of just how awesome our God is! It reminds us of the glory that Jesus truly deserves and repeats, over and over again, just why we should worship, honor and adore our God.

With all of the clamor and disorder in the world today, it is so easy to get so involved with negative things, that we overlook the positive, glorious, and truly awe-inspiring things that God continues to do on our behalf each day.

I am reminded of the adage, “Take the time to smell the roses.” We as the children of the “Most High God” must make certain to set aside some God time each day. For God’s glory is ever before us, and He continues to bless us with the marvelous gift of His Love.

We should worship Him and praise Him as long as He gives us breath, for we serve an awesome God who is truly worthy!

Prayer 

Dear Heavenly Father, as I go through this day, help me to keep my eyes fixed on the cross where Jesus completed everything that was needed for me to become Your child. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

Reflection 

What if God had not made this day - how would it look?

April 12, 2014



Rev. Michael D. Jacobs
Psalm 22

Lenten Devotion "Why We Sing the Blues"  

I borrowed this title from renowned singer of the blues, B.B. King. B.B. tries to answer the question that he used for the title of the song with the lyrics that follow. He offers a commentary in those lyrics about everything that he has been through which mirrors the things we have gone through as a people. Psalm 22 is a blues song that is attributed to David and is in the original hymn book of the early church. On this day before Palm Sunday which signals the beginning of the end of Jesus’ earthly journey, it is interesting to look at this song of lament. Jesus will quote the opening sentence in this song in the midst of His ordeal on the cross. So Jesus himself sings the blues.

Why do we sing the blues? Lent, with its somber reflection, for some, is a time to sing the blues. Some churches do not celebrate in their worship services during Lent because they are using Lent as a time to look somberly and soberly at what Jesus did for us. I want to suggest Psalm 22, however, shows us that we can sing the blues, yet also celebrate, as we look at what Jesus had done for us.

The psalmist truly sings the blues about their plight but in the midst of their lament is a consistent acknowledgement of who God is and what God has done. At the end, the psalmist gives God the credit, the glory, and the praise.

We sing the blues, because at the end of the day, we are always moving back and forth between the blues and the joys of life. It is in our openness to naming our reality that with God’s help we can tame our reality. As we continue our journey toward the blues of the cross, we need to remember that the story of the cross does not end in the blues but in the triumph of the resurrection.

Prayer 

God thank You for the ability to cry out to You and share our pain with You. I will give You the praise in the midst of my pain for all that You’ve done, all that You are doing and all that You will do.

Reflection 

The blues is not a static reality; it is a dynamic reality, because God is able.

April 11, 2014



Rev. Dr. Clyde A. White
Matthew 28:1-10 (The Message)

Lenten Devotion "The Surprise of a Lifetime"  

After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here, I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed. Now get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, “He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. That’s the message.

The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. “Good morning!” he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, “You’re holding on to me for dear life! Don’t be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I’ll meet them there.”

Shocked, amazed, confused, frightened, surprised, and overjoyed; all of these emotions flooded these two women as they witnessed this awesome experience. They had come to the tomb to minister to the physical remains of their beloved friend and Savior who had been brutally murdered and hung on a cross. And as he died, many of the people mocked him.

First, nature rebelled. They felt the earthquake and then an angel appeared. Oh, how glorious and majestic he looked, and then he spoke to them. For all of this to happen to women who were considered to be the least of all people? Finally, Jesus, himself, appeared and gave them his greeting and instructions. This truly was the surprise of a lifetime for Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.

Fast forward to another time and place. We see our ancestors who were kidnapped from their homes by a barbaric people. Brought to a foreign land where they were to be abused, tortured, raped, and like Jesus, many were hung. Once again, Jesus spoke, and a nation of people was set free and began to flourish, even to this day here in Diaspora. And God’s people are still rejoicing!

Prayer 

Father God, we thank You that You have chosen us to be Your survivors. In the matchless, marvelous name of Jesus, our Savior, our Elder Brother, and our Very Best Friend, amen!

Reflection 

God, we know that You don’t make no junk, but couldn’t You do something about what the media is feeding us?

April 10, 2014



Rev. Rochelle Michael
Matthew 21:1-11

Lenten Devotion "Listen and Obey"  

Jesus made a request, probably one that didn’t make much sense to the Disciples. However, they listened and followed his directives. They didn’t question him, even though they probably were thinking, why did Jesus want to ride on a lowly donkey? They were probably expecting Jesus, the Lord of Lords, to come riding into Jerusalem on something great and magnificent. They may have been curious, or didn’t understand why he needed both the donkey and the colt. But they listened and obeyed; they did as they were instructed. The disciples had moments such as this, where they actually listened, trusted the Lord enough, and then followed the instructions given them.

Have there been times in your life where you were given instructions from the Holy Spirit and you immediately followed? Or, have you had the occasion to question what appeared to not make any sense to you?

Often times we are given instructions to follow and we ignore them. We often ignore the directives because we don’t recognize the voice, or we believe we know what’s best for us. The spirit will say turn left and we go right. The spirit will speak and instruct us to be quiet and we continue to talk.

When we are disobedient, we often short circuit our blessings. Every instruction that we receive is for a greater purpose. We have to listen, trust and obey! We suffer unnecessary distress and discomfort and may even put ourselves in harm’s way when we choose to do the opposite of what God is requiring of us. We forfeit our peace of mind when we operate according to our own desires.

Prayer 

Help us to trust you more and more that we may begin to listen and obey.

Reflection 

If you’re not listening to God, who are you listening to?

April 9, 2014



Rev. Dr. Stacey L. Edwards-Dunn
John 11:1-45

Lenten Devotion "This Is Not The End"  

As a child, I used to love the playground. I remember as a little girl, there was a park directly across the street where I used to play all the time. There was one particular time I went over and played with a few of my friends on the merry-go-round. Oh, how I loved going around and round on the merry-go-round, laughing as the breeze blew through my twisted ponytails and I got dizzier with each circle around. However, it was this particular time, that there was a hole in the merry go-round that I happened to get my foot stuck in that ultimately stopped the merry-go-round! In tears, I screamed for help. I screamed for my mother and father. The children ran across the street to my house to find my daddy to rescue me from what seemed liked a deadly situation.

Lazarus, was trapped in a deadly situation after going through the merry-go-round of life. Mary and Martha couldn’t save him, but they called on Jesus to help him. However, when Jesus arrived, Lazarus had transitioned from being sick to dying. The entire community was in an uproar, but when Jesus heard this, verse 4 states that he said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son might be glorified through it.”

Often times in this life, we will find ourselves in situations that seem as if death has the last word. Nevertheless, during this Lenten season, as we recount the steps, as well as remember the story of Jesus’ life, we learn that although situations may look bleak in our lives, like Lazarus, our stories do not end in death, because Jesus overcame death with his life. We may have to go through; we may have to experience some tests and trials, but at the end of the day, when we come through to the other side, our standing will point to the power of God in Christ Jesus who beat out death. Beloved, there is life and joy in Jesus. And it is in our overcoming, that God in Christ is glorified and our lives serves as a beacon of light for others to experience the power of a true and living God!

Prayer 

God, You are great and worthy to be praised! Thank You for rescuing us time and time again from situations that have sought to take our life! For we know that it’s because of Your grace that we breathe, stand, and live today. As a result we say, “To God be the glory for the things that You have done.”

Reflection 

How can your life be used today to ensure that God gets the glory?

April 8, 2014



Rev. Neichelle Guidry Jones
Psalm 116:1-19

Lenten Devotion "Everyday Resurrection"  

Our lives have a way of serving up some death-dealing situations. Those circumstances that have made us to feel as if we’ve taken all we can take, and giving up, or even dying, seems like a better option that pressing forward. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’m sure that your mind has already gone back to such a time in your own life.

In verse eight, the psalmist makes a powerful declaration: “For you, Lord, have delivered me from death.” Amidst the death that we face in our lives, both literal and figurative, we have the blessed assurance that we celebrate at the culmination of this holy season of Lent. Jesus overcame death through resurrection. And because of this, we know that we are a people of resurrection. Death never has the final word.

We serve a God who promises to dry our tears, heal our broken bones and spirits, and save us from the distress and sorrow. We serve a God who raises us up when we have been brought low. Because of God, resurrection is possible in our lives everyday.

Mental/emotional breakdown?
Resurrection.
Financial ruin?
Resurrection.
Separation or divorce?
Resurrection.
Loss of a loved one?
Resurrection?
Sick in your body?
Resurrection.
Plans didn’t work out as planned?
Resurrection.
Resurrection is always our final word.

Prayer 

God of resurrection, I give my disappointments and the death in my life to you. In great excitement and anticipation, I wait for your resurrection.

Reflection 

“Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe.

April 7, 2014



Rev. Joan R. Harrell
Romans 8:6-11 (NRSV)

6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Lenten Devotion "God ’s Spirit is Loving and Happy, Not Hostile"  

“Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.Because I’m happy. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Because I’m happy.Clap along because you feel that’s what you wanna do…”

The popular lyrics of the upbeat anthem, “Happy,” sung by producer/rapper/singer/drummer and fashion designer, Pharrell Williams, ignites smiling faces, spread joy, and causes people of all ages and cultures to dance with a spirit of happiness. It is amazing to witness how people from all walks of life respond to this melody which encourages us to clap along because we feel happy.

Happy is an adjective that represents the Spirit of God’s love. As believers of God’s love we should be intentionally committed to the meaning of God’s Spirit of love which is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Unfortunately, we find ourselves experiencing poor self-esteem, classism, racism, homophobia, environmental injustice, and internalized oppression because we are not tapping into the essence of the meaning of the Spirit of God within us individually, and collectively, as a community.

The Spirit of God raised Jesus the Christ from the dead. The Spirit of God is real and always inside of you. If you make time to talk with God every day and night, pray, and only think and act with the Spirit of God in your heart, whenever you call on the Spirit of God, God will resurrect you from your personal and communal challenges in life. Life is not easy. The resolve to your trials and tribulations may not come immediately but if you deliberately experience life with God’s Spirit in your heart; you will receive the answers to your problems and experience the essence of God’s wisdom, grace, joy, success, peace, mercy, love and justice.

When you pray and talk with God, you are communing with God’s Spirit that is naturally inside of you. God’s Spirit of love and happiness is eternal. In the words of Pharrell, “Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth,” and make sure God’s Spirit of love is always inside of you.

Prayer 

Holy Parent, molder of life and eternity, I worship You with the epitome of my being and give You the essence of honor and praise. Please prick my heart, mind, body, and soul, and create in me a clean heart to always live and act in Your Spirit of love. Amen.

Reflection 

I intentionally live everyday with God’s Spirit of love in my heart.

April 6, 2014



Rev. Dr. Clyde A. White
Matthew 10:34-42 (MSG)

Lenten Devotion "What God Requires From All Of Us"  

“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut -- make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me. If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me you’ll find both yourself and me.

We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is a good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”

In the black church, we often hear the congregation respond to something that the preacher may say in his/her sermon with …. “Make it plain, preacher, make it plain.”

In these verses, Jesus is making it very plain. His purpose for coming is clearly stated to serve and glorify God. What his Father requires from His children is equally clear. In the corporate world we call this “Excellent and Effective Communications.”

Jesus uses these human comparisons to make his spiritual point. What mankind may consider as excellent conduct for human relations does not measure up to the basic requirements that God sets before each of us in our relationship with Him. Putting God first in everything guarantees that “You won’t lose out on a thing.”

Prayer 

Father, I hear You in my Spirit, now order my steps, in Jesus’ name Amen!

Reflection 

Your greatest joy often follows your most severe pain!

April 5, 2014



Rev. Dr. Linda E. Thomas
Matthew 26:14-27;66

Lenten Devotion "Eating With the Enemy"  

While Jesus and the twelve disciples eat their final meal together, Jesus names “the elephant” in the room. One of the disciples will “profit” from his relationship with Jesus. But guess what? Jesus “prophets” him!

The powerful presence that Jesus takes when a wolf dressed in lamb’s clothing is revealed is something from which we can learn. Jesus states a truth about a particular situation to the gathered community and continues to do God’s work even the presence of the enemy.

The lesson we can learn from Jesus is twofold. First, we must not let anyone, even our enemies, get in the way of our doing God’s work. Second, in the midst of sorrowful and tense moments, Jesus continues ministering by offering the disciples Holy Communion. Taking a loaf of bread and breaking it, he gives it to them saying, “Take and eat, for this my body.” He then takes the cup and gives it to his disciples saying, “Each of you drink from this cup.”

It is a long night for Jesus. As he told Judas that he was a betrayer, he tells Peter that he will deny him. All Jesus can do now is pray, and he does so in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is the third lesson we learn from Jesus who models what we are to do when things close in upon us, pray.

Jesus is arrested and stands before the Council who decides that he is guilty and so will be killed. We have to sit with this incredibly painful part of Jesus’ journey. Even so, Jesus always spoke truth to power. Will you?

Prayer 

Jesus, equip us to stand tall in our community, to name reality, and speak truth to power. We give You all the glory and thank You for Your unshakeable presence. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Reflection 

I am ready to carry on God’s work, even in the face of my enemy.

April 4, 2014



Min. Jasmin Taylor
Philippians 2:5-11

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lenten Devotion "Attitude Alignment"  

This text says that our attitudes should be the same as Jesus’. Jesus’ attitude was never to become defensive, discouraged, or depressed and his mission was to please the God rather than to achieve his own agenda. In the midst of trials, He was patient. In the midst of suffering, He was hopeful. In the midst of blessing, he was humble. Even in the midst of ridicule, abuse, and hostility, He “made no threats . . . and did not retaliate. Instead, he entrusted himself to God who judges justly.”

Jesus experienced quite a few difficult situations in his life and he provided a model for us as to how we are to respond to our trials. When there were situations in his life that became unbearable, Jesus’ first response was to pray. He took everything to God in prayer and trusted that God was going to work things out for his good. This is the same way we should live our lives. In spite of every difficult situation, we should pray, be obedient to the will of God, and trust that God will work things out for our good. This good is not just us but for the greater good of everyone. Even when unexpected disruptions happen; frustrations, or difficulties come our way, we are to respond with a Christ-like attitude. Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have a model of victory that gives us hope for ourselves and for future generations.

During this Lenten season, let us spend some time reflecting on our attitudes and how we respond to the events in our lives. Do we respond in ways that are not Christ-like?

Prayer 

God, let Your spirit fall fresh on me each day. When my attitude is not like Christ’s attitude, give me an alignment so that I reflect and react in a way that would be pleasing to You. Remove ways in me, O God, that are not Your ways and renew a right spirit within me, Amen.

Reflection 

Do you need an attitude alignment?