Friday, February 18, 2022

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Sixth Week After Epiphany, Friday, February 18, 2022

1 John 2:12-17
I write to you, dear children,
    because your sins are forgiven through Christ.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know the One who existed from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
    because you have defeated the Evil One.
I write to you, children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know the One who existed from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
    because you are strong;
    the teaching of God lives in you,
    and you have defeated the Evil One.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world. The world and everything that people want in it are passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

In the early morning your waning moon of popping trees dances with the morning star. Life-giving Spirit blows across the snow, through the frozen grass and trees. “Remember me. I have existed from the beginning. Remember me, children, parents, grandparents, ancestors, and young generations. Remember to remember.”

Loving Yahweh, thank you that you have forgiven our sins. We take delight in knowing you and your mysterious ways. Thank you that your word is living and active. Thank you that your word lives in us, speaking to us, through us, and in us.

I hear you calling my name today, Life-giving Spirit, and thank you for…

May we remember and also encourage others to recall your promises and desires for each of us. May we remember the dreams you spoke into us since the beginning and return to you. Shelter us from the harsh teachings of the world and breathe your grace and mercy into us so we may participate once again in your mystery and greet each other in a good way.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
Genesis 44:1-17

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