Sixth Week After Epiphany, Monday, February 14, 2022
When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD,
and [the LORD] answered me.
LORD, save me from liars
and from those who plan evil.
You who plan evil, what will God do to you?
How will [God] punish you?
[God] will punish you with the sharp arrows of a warrior
and with burning coals of wood.
How terrible it is for me to live in the land of Meshech,
to live among the people of Kedar.
I have lived too long
with people who hate peace.
When I talk peace,
they want war.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We approach the full moon of popping trees, the moon when the trees crack from the cold. The land feels barren, frozen, and hiding from the harsh elements. We also feel like staying in hiding, like we are about to crack from the harsh environment. But you are here. You have promised to never leave or forsake us.
Thank you Jehovah Shalom (The LORD is peace) for hearing our cries of distress. We call out to you in our trouble, and you answer us with your loving kindness and rescue us from our trials. You turn our songs of lament to songs of praise, and we draw close to you.
I hear you answering my cry for help, LORD, and thank you for…
Like the Winter Thunderbird brings snow to cover and protect the trees and all creation from the harsh elements, we feel you covering us with your peace. You sustain and protect us. May we praise you as our provider, as your strength lifts us above all that desires to break us. You are our strength and song.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler