Sunday, March 20, 2022

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Isaiah 55:1-9 (NCV) read by Mark Beingessner

Third Week in Lent, Sunday, March 20, 2022

Isaiah 55:1-9
The LORD says, “All you who are thirsty,
    come and drink.
Those of you who do not have money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
 Why spend your money on something that is not real food?|
    Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you?
Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
    your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.
 Come to me and listen;
    listen to me so you may live.
I will make an agreement with you that will last forever.
    I will give you the blessings I promised to David.
 I made David a witness of my power for all nations,
    a ruler and commander of many nations.
 You will call for nations that you don’t yet know.
    And these nations that do not know you will run to you
because of the LORD your God,
    because of the Holy One of Israel who honours you.”

 So you should look for the LORD before it is too late;
    you should call to [the LORD] while [the LORD] is near.
The wicked should stop doing wrong,
    and they should stop their evil thoughts.
They should return to the LORD so [the LORD] may have mercy on them.
    They should come to our God, because [God] will freely forgive them.

The LORD says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts.
    Your ways are not like my ways.
 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space seeking you. We breathe deeply with relief as we feel you draw near to us. We breathe in the aroma of the earth, creation, blossoms – this is the sweet fragrance of you, Loving LORD. We relax and realize we have been worrying about the future, our health and so many other things. Life-giving Spirit comes close and breathes into us. We join in breath-dancing with you. We feel creation join, and feel peace and oneness.

We hear your invitation to draw near and listen to you. Only you can satisfy our souls; only you can provide the best of the best. Thank you that your thoughts are not our thoughts, and your ways are not our ways. Thank you for meditating on how much you love us.

I join in breath and song with you today, LORD, and thank you for…

This is your great mystery, LORD, that beyond what we know is a world of divine wisdom that only you can hold. We marvel in your ways. We are consumed by your mystery, but do not perish. Instead, you invite us to join you, to release what we know and to join you. We trust in you and seek your wisdom.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 63:1-8
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9

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