Friday, December 31, 2021

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First Week After Christmas, Friday, December 31, 2021

John 8:12-19
Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.”

The Pharisees said to Jesus, “When you talk about yourself, you are the only one to say these things are true. We cannot accept what you say.”

Jesus answered, “Yes, I am saying these things about myself, but they are true. I know where I came from and where I am going. But you don’t know where I came from or where I am going. You judge by human standards. I am not judging anyone. But when I do judge, I judge truthfully, because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that when two witnesses say the same thing, you must accept what they say. I am one of the witnesses who speaks about myself, and the Father who sent me is the other witness.”

They asked, “Where is your father?”

Jesus answered, “You don’t know me or my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father, too.” 
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We seek you in this sacred prayer space. We long to know you, touch you, and see you. We feel you draw near to us, and we become still, quieting ourselves before you and listening to your wisdom as you speak lovingly to us. Our world is dark, but even the darkness is like light to you. Your light is beautiful. 

O Light of the world, you came into the darkness to reveal who we are, your beloved children of God, and to light our path. On this day we pause at the threshold as we are about to enter a new year, with a new path full of hope and love. Thank you for your ever-present light leading us. We reflect on this past year through the lens of your light and see the many blessings. The uncomfortable and painful memories we leave in the sweet embrace of Jesus. 

I feel you close to me today, LORD, and thank you for…

We long to look beyond what is seen and beyond what we know in our minds. We seek you with our whole hearts so we may look beyond the laws of people. Walk with us on our paths, LORD, that we may know you more and always celebrate your glorious, loving ways. 

With joy, we praise you! 

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
1 Kings 3:5-14
Psalm 147:12-20

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