Friday, February 11, 2022

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Fifth Week After Epiphany, Friday, February 11, 2022

1 Peter 1:17-2:1
You pray to God and call [God] Father, and [God] judges each person’s work equally. So while you are here on earth, you should live with respect for God. You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way, a way passed down from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb. Christ was chosen before the world was made, but [Christ] was shown to the world in these last times for your sake. Through Christ you believe in God, who raised Christ from the dead and gave [Christ] glory. So your faith and your hope are in God.

Now that your obedience to the truth has purified your souls, you can have true love for your Christian [family]. So love each other deeply with all your heart. You have been born again, and this new life did not come from something that dies, but from something that cannot die. You were born again through God’s living message that continues forever. The Scripture says,

“All people are like the grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass dies and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord will live forever.” Isaiah 40:6–8

And this is the word that was preached to you.
So then, rid yourselves of all evil, all lying, hypocrisy, jealousy, and evil speech.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space and are quickly covered by a blanket of peace that can only come from you. Here, with you, there is no one of us better than the other. In your eyes, we are all declared as worthy no matter what the world has told us. Just as you are Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit completely, we are your image-bearers, perfect in your sight.

Author of our lives, thank you that your word is eternal and life-giving. We accept the invitation to clean up our lives by following the truth. Thank you for the opportunity to live in your love, to love ourselves, and to love others because of your love.

I receive your declaration as perfect today, LORD, and thank you for…

Your word and promises are perfect and will stand forever as our strength and guide. May we seek your ways and wisdom each day. May we seek to participate in your mystery and always greet each other in a good way as we journey together.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 1:1-6
Jeremiah 13:20-27

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