Friday, February 4, 2022

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Fourth Week After Epiphany, Friday, February 4, 2022

Acts 9:26-31
When Saul went to Jerusalem, he tried to join the group of followers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he was really a follower. But Barnabas accepted Saul and took him to the apostles. Barnabas explained to them that Saul had seen the Lord on the road and the Lord had spoken to Saul. Then he told them how boldly Saul had preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

And so Saul stayed with the followers, going everywhere in Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. He would often talk and argue with the Jewish people who spoke Greek, but they were trying to kill him. When the followers learned about this, they took Saul to Caesarea and from there sent him to Tarsus.

The church everywhere in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace and became stronger. Respecting the Lord by the way they lived, and being encouraged by the Holy Spirit, the group of believers continued to grow.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Your love and ways are perfect. You call us out of our comfortable ways of understanding to follow you into the deep waters of our uncertainties, where we must lean on you and completely trust in you.

In this sacred time with you today we hear you speak words of love. Thank you, Life-giving Spirit, for breathing encouragement into our very inner beings. May our lives bring honour and respect to you.

I hear you call me into the deep waters with you today, LORD, and thank you for…

We feel your presence with us on this path. We trust in your daily provisions and lovingkindness, knowing you will never leave or forsake us. Lead us in your ways of peace and give us wisdom to respect you in the way we live. Encourage us and equip us each day, so we may greet each other in a good way.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Number 27:12-23
Psalm 138:1-8

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