First Week After Epiphany, Friday, January 14, 2022
“I, the LORD, said,
‘How happy I would be to treat you as my own children
and give you a pleasant land,
a land more beautiful than that of any other nation.’
I thought you would call me ‘My Father’
and not turn away from me.
But like a woman who is unfaithful to her husband,
family of Israel, you have been unfaithful to me,” says the LORD.
You can hear crying on the bare hilltops.
It is the people of Israel crying and praying for mercy.
They have become very evil
and have forgotten the LORD their God.
“Come back to me, you unfaithful children,
and I will forgive you for being unfaithful.”
“Yes, we will come to you,
because you are the LORD our God.
It was foolish to worship idols on the hills
and on the mountains.
Surely the salvation of Israel
comes from the LORD our God.
Since our youth, shameful gods have eaten up in sacrifice
everything our ancestors worked for—
their flocks and herds,
their sons and daughters.
Let us lie down in our shame,
and let our disgrace cover us like a blanket.
We have sinned against the LORD our God,
both we and our ancestors.
From our youth until now,
we have not obeyed the LORD our God.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We seek you in all our thoughts. We look for you as we journey with the trees and Mother Earth. Many voices call to us as we seek you. Some of them are very beautiful, although they seek to lead us away from you. But we also hear your voice calling to us and warning us of the fake promises offered by many false gods and idols.
O Loving Yahweh, thank you for desiring to be in a loving relationship with us. We chase after people and things that we think will bring meaning and purpose to our lives, but they only leave us unsatisfied, full of despair. We hear and respond to your invitation to come. We let go of our shame and receive your warm blanket of love and forgiveness. We enjoy your loving presence.
I seek your voice calling me today, LORD, and thank you for…
We admit to you the household gods and idols we have followed and are following. We give ourselves completely to you. Cleanse and renew us so we may honour you and those who have gone before us. May all our thoughts be of you, now and always.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
1 Corinthians 7:1-7