Monday, March 14, 2022

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Second Week in Lent, Monday, March 14, 2022

Romans 4:1-12
So what can we say that Abraham, the father of our people, learned about faith? If Abraham was made right by the things he did, he had a reason to brag. But this is not God’s view, because the Scripture says, “Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.”

When people work, their pay is not given as a gift, but as something earned. But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in [God], who makes even evil people right in [God’s] sight. Then God accepts their faith, and that makes them right with [God]. David said the same thing. He said that people are truly blessed when God, without paying attention to their deeds, makes people right with [Godself].

“Blessed are they
    whose sins are forgiven,
    whose wrongs are pardoned.
Blessed is the person
    whom the Lord does not consider guilty.” Psalm 32:1–2

Is this blessing only for those who are circumcised or also for those who are not circumcised? We have already said that God accepted Abraham’s faith and that faith made him right with God. So how did this happen? Did God accept Abraham before or after he was circumcised? It was before his circumcision. Abraham was circumcised to show that he was right with God through faith before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the father of all those who believe but are not circumcised; he is the father of all believers who are accepted as being right with God. And Abraham is also the father of those who have been circumcised and who live following the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Even before we do anything, you already accept us. Indeed, there is not a thing we can do to earn your acceptance. We enter your sacred prayer space in faith, trusting that you will not reject us. All creation come to you as their Creator. You turn none away, but receive all who seek you.

Thank you, Loving God, that there is no place to hide from your mercy and grace. With grateful hearts we celebrate that we are blessed because our sins are forgiven, and you do not consider us guilty. In faith we follow and obey you, loving Yahweh.

I seek your complete acceptance today, Yahweh, and thank you for…

In your presence we trust fully in you. Make us aware of the barriers in our beliefs, attitudes, actions, and words that stand between us so we may cut them off and fully receive you. We rejoice together that your strength and acceptance are never-ending.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Exodus 33:1-6
Psalm 105:1-42

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