First Week of Advent, Friday, December 3, 2021
The LORD says, “You have said terrible things about me.
“But you ask, ‘What have we said about you?’
“You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God. It did no good to obey [God’s] laws and to show the LORD All-Powerful that we were sorry for what we did. So we say that proud people are happy. Evil people succeed. They challenge God and get away with it.’”
Then those who honored the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened and heard them. The names of those who honored the LORD and respected [the LORD] were written in [their] presence in a book to be remembered.
The LORD All-Powerful says, “They belong to me; on that day they will be my very own. As a parent shows mercy to [the] child who serves [them], I will show mercy to my people. You will again see the difference between good and evil people, between those who serve God and those who don’t.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We come to you in reverence to spend time with you in this holy prayer space. Draw us close and tell us once again of your love for us. We long to hear the stories of how you journeyed with our families throughout the generations. We long to hear your love songs to us and feel Life-giving Spirit in and around us.
O loving Yahweh, thank you for this holy conversation with you. You patiently wait for us to come and enter into dialogue with you. You are mindful that we are made from dust and get preoccupied with things that do not matter. Thank you for celebrating when we remember you and return to our relationship with you. Thank you for your messengers who speak your love to us.
I see your loving works in my life today, LORD, and thank you for…
We step on our paths today with the confidence that you are with us. We place our hope in you, and know that you will guide us in your wisdom and provide for our every need. We seek to serve and worship you in all we do. Bless us in our thoughts, words, and deeds, so that we may prosper in your ways and be beacons for others.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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