Seventh Week After Epiphany, Friday, February 25, 2022
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, an officer in the Italian group of the Roman army. Cornelius was a religious man. He and all the other people who lived in his house worshiped the true God. He gave much of his money to the poor and prayed to God often. One afternoon about three o’clock, Cornelius clearly saw a vision. An angel of God came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at the angel. He became afraid and said, “What do you want, Lord?”
The angel said, “God has heard your prayers. He has seen that you give to the poor, and he remembers you. Send some men now to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is also called Peter. He is staying with a man, also named Simon, who is a tanner and has a house beside the sea.” When the angel who spoke to Cornelius left, Cornelius called two of his servants and a soldier, a religious man who worked for him. Cornelius explained everything to them and sent them to Joppa.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your sacred prayer space seeking peace and protection from the chaos and evil in this world. You invite us to be still in your presence. You say: “Listen to Life-giving Spirit. Listen in this moment and know I am God. Join me in this moment and feel my perfect peace.” As we listen, we are aware of the wind, the trees as they waken from their sleep, and angels and those in the heavenly realm as they all sing praises to you. We are surrounded by your mystery and are not afraid.
Thank you, Loving Yahweh, you remember us and your promises you have made to us. Thank you for hearing our prayers and answering them in unexpected ways. Thank you for the gift of community who help us to live life to the fullest through faith and obedience.
I hear the angels singing your praises, LORD, and thank you for…
We are at peace in your mystery. We hear the call of your angels as they tend to us. We follow the messages of the angels and your wise Elders, and trust in your mercy. Give us strength and assurance to listen and respond to your call.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler