Second Week After Epiphany, Monday, January 17, 2022
The LORD says, “Sing, Jerusalem.
You are like a woman who never gave birth to children.
Start singing and shout for joy.
You never felt the pain of giving birth,
but you will have more children
than the woman who has a husband.
Make your tent bigger;
stretch it out and make it wider.
Do not hold back.
Make the ropes longer
and its stakes stronger,
because you will spread out to the right and to the left.
Your children will take over other nations,
and they will again live in cities that once were destroyed.
“Don’t be afraid, because you will not be ashamed.
Don’t be embarrassed, because you will not be disgraced.
You will forget the shame you felt earlier;
you will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.
The God who made you is like your husband.
God’s name is the LORD All-Powerful.
The Holy One of Israel is the one who saves you.
[The LORD] is called the God of all the earth.
You were like a woman whose husband left her,
and you were very sad.
You were like a wife who married young
and then her husband left her.
But the LORD called you to be his,”
says your God.
God says, “I left you for a short time,
but with great kindness I will bring you back again.
I became very angry
and hid from you for a time,
but I will show you mercy with kindness forever,”
says the LORD who saves you.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Even before we arrive in your sacred prayer space, you create and prepare room for us. You welcome us into your presence with open, loving arms. This holy ground is big enough for all of us. As we gather, you invite us to also stretch out our tent pegs as we prepare to receive your mercy and kindness.
Thank you for calling us back into a relationship with You. We giggle with delight at how you want to bless us. You invite us to step out in faith and create space for you to bless us. Thank you, Loving Divine Family, that you are with us and do not want us to be ashamed or disgraced. Just the opposite, you want us to be blessed, your chosen people.
I receive your mercy and kindness today, LORD, and thank you for…
All praise to you, LORD, for you deal kindly with us. You withhold your anger and continually bless us. We look to you today for your peaceful assurance to guide us so we may greet each other in a good way.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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