Friday, December 10, 2021

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Second Week of Advent, Friday, December 10, 2021

Isaiah 12:2-6
God is the one who saves me;
    I will trust [Yahweh] and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD gives me strength and makes me sing.
    [Yahweh] has saved me.”
You will receive your salvation with joy
    as you would draw water from a well.
At that time you will say,
“Praise the LORD and worship [the LORD].
    Tell everyone what [the LORD] has done
    and how great [the LORD] is.
Sing praise to the LORD, because [the LORD] has done great things.
    Let all the world know what [the LORD] has done.
Shout and sing for joy, you people of Jerusalem,
    because the Holy One of Israel does great things before your eyes.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We seek you in the morning and find you drawing near to us. You fill us with the peace of your promises and love. We look to the heavens, and you bless us with the majesty of Grandmother Moon and the morning star as they dance together in celebration of the season. Like us, they too are on a journey and are forever in your presence. These heavenly mystics shout and sing with all the stars in the sky and tell of your glory and power.

Emmanuel, Wonderful Counsellor, we gather at the well to fill up on your life-giving water for ourselves and to share with others. We receive your salvation with joyful hearts. Thank you for giving us the strength. May our songs of faith and joy delight you. 

I see the great things you are doing for me today, LORD, and thank you for…

All things around us are settling down for the winter, LORD. The trees are more silent as they find their sleep. Animals and pollinators seek shelter, and many winged creatures have left for warmer air. But in the wisdom of the heavenly mystics, you call us to peace in your presence.

“May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.

“May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground, so that your soul may be softened and healed, and guided in its flow. May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky and the roar at earth’s fiery core.

“May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.” (Brother David Steindl-Rast)

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Amos 8:4-12
2 Corinthians 9:1-15

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