Friday, March 11, 2022

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First Week in Lent, Friday, March 11, 2022

Genesis 14:17-24
After defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, Abram went home. As he was returning, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (now called King’s Valley).

Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was a priest for God Most High and blessed Abram, saying,

“Abram, may you be blessed by God Most High,
    the God who made heaven and earth.
And we praise God Most High,
    who has helped you to defeat your enemies.”

Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had brought back from the battle.

The king of Sodom said to Abram, “You may keep all these things for yourself. Just give me my people who were captured.”

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I make a promise to the Lord, the God Most High, who made heaven and earth. I promise that I will not keep anything that is yours. I will not keep even a thread or a sandal strap so that you cannot say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ I will keep nothing but the food my young men have eaten. But give Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre their share of what we won, because they went with me into battle.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

The battle is yours, O LORD God most high. We enter your sacred prayer space to worship you and give you thanks. Our bodies are faint, weak, and weary from the battleground and the journey back to you. But you are our provider of all things and gather us in from all directions. You give us all we need; we do not need to take from others. Your well is deep and refreshing; we do not need to drink from any other well.

Thank you, Jehovah Shalom (the LORD is Peace), for preparing this time together. We have almost made it through the first week of Lent. The journey has just begun, but some of us are tired and weary. Thank you for the companions on this journey who break bread with us and help us to see your loving presence. Thank you for the blessings and provisions that help us to keep our eyes on you and to not curse you.  

I receive your boundless blessings today, LORD, and thank you for…

In you alone do we glory, LORD, though we could pride ourselves in battles won. We have strength beyond measure, but only by your grace and power do we overcome. In you alone we place our trust; we glory in your power. Only you are our source of strength and hope. 

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 27:1-14
Philippians 3:17-20

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