Monday, January 3, 2022

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Week of Epiphany, Monday, January 3, 2022

Job 42:10-17
After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD gave him success again. The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had owned before. Job’s brothers and sisters came to his house, along with everyone who had known him before, and they all ate with him there. They comforted him and made him feel better about the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave Job a piece of silver and a gold ring.

The LORD blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than the first part. Job had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand teams of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys. Job also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first daughter Jemimah, the second daughter Keziah, and the third daughter Keren-Happuch. There were no other women in all the land as beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father Job gave them land to own along with their brothers.

After this, Job lived one hundred forty years. He lived to see his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Then Job died; he was old and had lived many years. 
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Job’s story reminds us that we too have and will experience hardships strong enough to consume us in our humanity. We feel the pressures and pains of this world. We seek your mercy. We seek your compassion. Oh, how we wish you would spare us from calamity. Here in your sacred prayer space, you draw near to us. We feel comfort in your embrace. You whisper to us, “my grace is enough for you. Trust me that your path is surely leading you in a good way.”

Thank you, LORD, for being in our midst and guiding us in our past, present, and future. No matter where we are in the stages of life, you are filling us with hope that the best is yet to come. Thank you for the invitation to lift ourselves and others up in prayer. Thank you for your current blessings and for the blessings to come.

I trust your ways and your path today, LORD, and thank you for…

Blessings await us, LORD! We trust in you to lead and sustain us on this good path. May we, as community, seek your peace and assurance. May we bless others in our giving, knowing that the gift of reciprocity is from you. May we greet each other today in your good way.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 72:1-20
Luke 8:16-21

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