Monday, January 24, 2022

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Third Week After Epiphany, Monday, January 24, 2022

1 Corinthians 14:1-12
You should seek after love, and you should truly want to have the spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in different languages are not speaking to people; they are speaking to God. No one understands them; they are speaking secret things through the Spirit. But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort. The ones who speak in different languages are helping only themselves, but those who prophesy are helping the whole church. I wish all of you had the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages, but more, I wish you would prophesy. Those who prophesy are greater than those who can only speak in different languages—unless someone is there who can explain what is said so that the whole church can be helped.

Siblings, will it help you if I come to you speaking in different languages? No! It will help you only if I bring you a new truth or some new knowledge, or prophecy, or teaching. It is the same as with lifeless things that make sounds—like a flute or a harp. If they do not make clear musical notes, you will not know what is being played. And in a war, if the trumpet does not give a clear sound, who will prepare for battle? It is the same with you. Unless you speak clearly with your tongue, no one can understand what you are saying. You will be talking into the air! It may be true that there are all kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning. But unless I understand the meaning of what someone says to me, we will be like foreigners to each other. It is the same with you. Since you want spiritual gifts very much, seek most of all to have the gifts that help the church grow stronger.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space seeking your love and wisdom. You placed your dream within each of us when you created us. We want to use our gifts to honour you and bless each other. The world tells us what we should do, but we know you are not of this world and have a higher calling prepared for us.

We love you LORD. We seek and find you and your love because you are already loving on us and seeking us. We hear your love song for us and join you in the song and dance. May our song bring love and encouragement to your creation and to your children.

I hear your teachings and desires for me today, LORD, and thank you for…

Stir within us and tune us to your perfect pitch, the wonderful spiritual hum that is over and in all things. Give to us the unceasing drum beat of rhythm that we may always be in unison with all creation as we praise you. May we freely give and receive your perfect gifts today and always.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 119:89-96
Jeremiah 36:1-10

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