Monday, September 4, 2023

Bumblebee after the rain, Saskatchewan (Photo Credit: Lara Stoudt)
“2 Samuel 11:2-5 (Easy to Read Version)” by Mark and Connie Beingessner.

Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Monday, September 4, 2023

2 Samuel 11:2-26

Loving Divine Family,

We gather in your abundant fields and vineyards. We count ourselves among your blessed and holy people. You withhold nothing from us. We are in positions to give freely. Even when we do not realize it, the Deceiver is seeking ways to destroy others through our desires and actions.

We, your beloved, come to spend time with you, Loving Yahweh. In life, there are circumstances where our choices are “no win” situations, and we are helpless to those in power. Looking at the circumstances, we see pain, helplessness, and heartache. We turn to you; we see your light that takes us out of the darkness. You are in the mess, mixing everything together for goodness. Thank you for being with us in the pain.

I take account of all the ways I am receiving from you today, Loving Creator, and thank you for…

Forbid it, LORD, that our wealth and abundance should ever result from selfish ambition. Forbid it, that we should ever receive because of someone else’s suffering. We seek to give freely. Even in receiving, we will harvest honourably.

With joy, we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 17:1-15
Revelation 3:1-6

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