Monday, December 6, 2021

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Second Week of Advent, Monday, December 6, 2021

Isaiah 40:1-11
Your God says,
“Comfort, comfort my people.
Speak kindly to the people of Jerusalem
    and tell them
that their time of service is finished,
    that they have paid for their sins,
that the LORD has punished Jerusalem
    twice for every sin they did.”
This is the voice of one who calls out:
“Prepare in the desert
    the way for the LORD.
Make a straight road in the dry lands
    for our God.
Every valley should be raised up,
    and every mountain and hill should be made flat.
The rough ground should be made level,
    and the rugged ground should be made smooth.
Then the glory of the LORD will be shown,
    and all people together will see it.
The LORD said these things.”

A voice says, “Cry out!”
    Then I said, “What shall I cry out?”

“Say all people are like the grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass dies and the flowers fall
    when the breath of the LORD blows on them.
    Surely the people are like grass.
The grass dies and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God will live forever.”
Jerusalem, you have good news to tell.
    Go up on a high mountain.
Jerusalem, you have good news to tell.
    Shout out loud the good news.
Shout it out and don’t be afraid.
    Say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God.”
Look, the Lord GOD is coming with power
    to rule all the people.
Look, [the LORD] will bring reward for [their] people;
   [the LORD] will have their payment with [them].
[Yahweh] takes care of [their] people like a shepherd.
    [The Shepherd] gathers them like lambs in [their] arms
    and carries them close.
[Yahweh] gently leads the mothers of the lambs.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We journey towards your holy mountain together. As we see the mountain rise above the horizon in the distance, we hear the far-off thunder and feel the earth tremble in your presence. You are mighty, strong, and loving. You hold us all in your hand; yet we are not crushed in your strong grip. We hear the Elders, mentors, and those who have gone before us all speaking in unison at each rumble and tremor: “Behold your God!” We are in awe of your majesty!

O Great Shepherd, your loving kind words, “Comfort, comfort my people,” bring healing and joy. Thank you for your loving embrace as you carry us in your arms and as we hear your loving heartbeat saying, “I love you, my Beloved.” Your faithfulness is overwhelming. Thank you for leading us gently on our journey to Bethlehem.

I feel you holding me in your hand today, Mighty Yahweh, and thank you for…

All eyes are on you, Mighty God. We are your children and are assured by those around us to not fear. We find peace in your presence. We join the others in calling out your name and keeping our eyes on you. With each thunder roll of your voice and tremble of the earth we reply: “Thanks be to you, O Yahweh!

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 126:1-6
Romans 8:22-25

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