Monday, February 7, 2022

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Fifth Week After Epiphany, Monday, February 7, 2022
Judges 5:1-11
On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
“The leaders led Israel.
    The people volunteered to go to battle.
    Praise the LORD!
Listen, kings.
    Pay attention, rulers!
I myself will sing to the LORD.
   I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.

“Lord, when you came from Edom,
    when you marched from the land of Edom,
the earth shook,
    the skies rained,
    and the clouds dropped water.
The mountains shook before the Lord, the God of Mount Sinai,
    before the LORD, the God of Israel!

“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
    in the days of Jael, the main roads were empty.
    Travelers went on the back roads.
There were no warriors in Israel
    until I, Deborah, arose,
    until I arose to be a mother to Israel.
At that time they chose to follow new gods.
    Because of this, enemies fought us at our city gates.
No one could find a shield or a spear
    among the forty thousand people of Israel.
My heart is with the commanders of Israel.
    They volunteered freely from among the people.
Praise the LORD!

“You who ride on white donkeys
    and sit on saddle blankets,
    and you who walk along the road, listen!
Listen to the sound of the singers
    at the watering holes.
There they tell about the victories of the LORD,
    the victories of the LORD’S warriors in Israel.
Then the LORD’s people went down to the city gates.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Your call to us is beautiful music. In this sacred prayer space, we hear your songs in the voices of the trees, wind and sky, grass and brooks, mountains and seas. We hear your songs in the voices of the Elders on earth and our ancestors already in the heavenly realm. Your songs tell the stories of your victories since the beginning of time. We hear and listen and consider what they mean for us.

We come together at the water well to sing your praises and recount the stories of your goodness. Thank you, LORD, for preparing us, so we can do what is required of us. Thank you for leaders and guides who have hearts that are aligned with you and lead us into victory and safety so we can live and move, being one with you.

I hear your songs of victory today, LORD, and thank you for…

Your majesty is the same yesterday, today, and for all time. Your victories in our lives are new every morning. We rise and follow you. We follow your Elders so we may continue to hear your songs and remember. May we remember to remember and participate in your victory songs.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 115:1-18
1 Corinthians 14:26-40

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