Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Fifth Week in Lent, Thursday, April 7, 2022

Psalm 31:9-16
LORD, have mercy, because I am in misery.
    My eyes are weak from so much crying,
    and my whole being is tired from grief.
My life is ending in sadness,
    and my years are spent in crying.
My troubles are using up my strength,
    and my bones are getting weaker.
Because of all my troubles, my enemies hate me,
    and even my neighbours look down on me.
When my friends see me,
    they are afraid and run.
I am like a piece of a broken pot.
    I am forgotten as if I were dead.
I have heard many insults.
    Terror is all around me.
They make plans against me
    and want to kill me.

LORD, I trust you.
    I have said, “You are my God.”
My life is in your hands.
    Save me from my enemies
    and from those who are chasing me.
Show your kindness to me, your servant.
    Save me because of your love.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your prayer space with heaviness on our shoulders. We feel the weight of sorrow and grief from threats of war, death of loved ones, stolen dreams, and lost visions. Your words and response are compassionate to us: “Come, let’s have something to eat. Rest in my peace and light, and tell me about your day.”

Lord have mercy on us. Hear us when we call out to you. Thank you for seeing our beauty and loving us in our brokenness. Thank you for your loving kindness. Thank you for being with us.

I join in conversation with you today, Yahweh, and thank you for…

We trust in you, LORD. You are our God. Our times are in your hands. Remove from us the fears of these present and future dangers, and replace our fears with hope that can only come from you.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Isaiah 53:10-12
Hebrews 2:1-9

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