Third Week After Epiphany, Friday, January 28, 2022
2 Chronicles 35:20-27
After Josiah did all this for the Temple, Neco king of Egypt led an army to attack Carchemish, a town on the Euphrates River. And Josiah marched out to fight against Neco. But Neco sent messengers to Josiah, saying, “King Josiah, there should not be war between us. I did not come to fight you, but my enemies. God told me to hurry, and is on my side. So don’t fight God, or [God] will destroy you.”
But Josiah did not go away. He wore different clothes so no one would know who he was. Refusing to listen to what Neco said at God’s command, Josiah went to fight on the plain of Megiddo. In the battle King Josiah was shot by archers. He told his servants, “Take me away because I am badly wounded.” So they took him out of his chariot and put him in another chariot and carried him to Jerusalem. There he died and was buried in the graves where his ancestors were buried. All the people of Judah and Jerusalem were very sad because he was dead.
Jeremiah wrote some sad songs about Josiah. Even to this day all the men and women singers remember and honor Josiah with these songs. It became a custom in Israel to sing these songs that are written in the collection of sad songs.
The other things Josiah did as king, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. It tells how he loved what was written in the LORD’S teachings.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your sacred prayer space confessing our hidden, deceptive ways. We have not been genuine. We have not listened to the council of mentors and Elders you have placed on our paths. We have hidden and worn disguises to fake our way into situations where we should not have gone. But you, Loving Yahweh, know our thoughts completely even before we are aware of them. You have already accounted for the results of our decisions before we make them.
We are grateful, healing, supportive God, that you hear the cries of our heart and are with us. You send people to come alongside us to sing songs of lament to help us express our grief so you can turn our mourning into joy. Thank you that in our deepest, darkest sorrow, you provide community to surround us in love. Thank you that the joy of the Lord makes us strong.
I confess my darkness to you today, Yahweh, and thank you for…
Your ways are perfect, LORD. In spite of the decisions we make, our mistakes and errors in judgement, you will never forget us. Deal with us graciously, so that in the end we may bring honour to you, our ancestors, and the generations to come. At the end of our days, may we be buried with honour among our ancestors and spend eternity in your presence.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler