Friday, April 15, 2022

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Good Friday, April 15, 2022

Psalm 22:1-31
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    You seem far from saving me,
    far away from my groans.
My God, I call to you during the day,
    but you do not answer.
I call at night;
    I am not silent.

You sit as the Holy One.
    The praises of Israel are your throne.
Our ancestors trusted you;
    they trusted, and you saved them.
They called to you for help
    and were rescued.
They trusted you
    and were not disappointed.

But I am like a worm instead of a [human].
    People make fun of me and hate me.
Those who look at me laugh.
    They stick out their tongues and shake their heads.
They say, “Turn to the LORD for help.
    Maybe [God] will save you.
If [the Lord] likes you,
    maybe [God] will rescue you.”

You had my mother give birth to me.
    You made me trust you
    while I was just a baby.
I have leaned on you since the day I was born;
    you have been my God since my mother gave me birth.
So don’t be far away from me.
    Now trouble is near,
    and there is no one to help.
People have surrounded me like angry bulls.
    Like the strong bulls of Bashan, they are on every side.
Like hungry, roaring lions
    they open their mouths at me.
My strength is gone,
    like water poured out onto the ground,
    and my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax;
    it has melted inside me.
My strength has dried up like a clay pot,
    and my tongue sticks to the top of my mouth.
    You laid me in the dust of death.
Evil people have surrounded me;
    like dogs they have trapped me.
    They have bitten my arms and legs.
I can count all my bones;
    people look and stare at me.
They divided my clothes among them,
    and they threw lots for my clothing.

But, LORD, don’t be far away.
    You are my strength; hurry to help me.
Save me from the sword;
    save my life from the dogs.
Rescue me from the lion’s mouth;
    save me from the horns of the bulls.

Then I will tell my brothers and sisters [and siblings] about you;
    I will praise you in the public meeting.
Praise the LORD, all you who respect [Yahweh].
    All you descendants of Jacob, honour [God];
    fear [the LORD], all you Israelites.
[Yahweh] does not ignore those in trouble.
[Yahweh] doesn’t hide from them
    but listens when they call out to [God].
LORD, I praise you in the great meeting of your people;
    these worshipers will see me do what I promised.
Poor people will eat until they are full;
    those who look to the LORD will praise [Yahweh].
    May your hearts live forever!
People everywhere will remember
    and will turn to the LORD.
All the families of the nations
    will worship [God]
because the LORD is King,
    and [Yahweh] rules the nations.

All the powerful people on earth will eat and worship.
    Everyone will bow down to [the LORD],
    all who will one day die.
The people in the future will serve [Yahweh];
    they will always be told about the LORD.
They will tell that [God does] what is right.
    People who are not yet born
    will hear what God has done.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Darkness surrounds us. Your light is not shining on our path today. Without you we feel fearful, alone, lost, and forsaken. We leave the place of the cross, but the feelings and images of torture, pain, anguish, and death follow us. How deep your love for us truly is, vast beyond all measure. Oh, sacred head now wounded! What have we done!?

Our cries join the cloud of witnesses, and Jesus echoes, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” Thank you for hearing our cries and prayers. You are not scandalized by them. You are our strength. Praise to you. “People who are not yet born will hear what God has done.” Thank you, for we are the “People who are not born yet.” Thank you for answering David’s and Jesus’ prayer. Thank you for the gift of prophecy.

I wait for you to rescue me today, LORD, and thank you for…

We hold firm to your words and promises, LORD. You promised to never leave or forsake us. We pitch our tents to dialogue and debrief all these things that have happened in our lives. We seek you, Life-giving Spirit, to intercede for us. Today we practice all that you have taught us in preparation for these days.

With longing hearts, we praise you,

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 5:7-9
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

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