Thursday, February 17, 2022

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Sixth Week After Epiphany, Thursday, February 17, 2022

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
Don’t be upset because of evil people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
because like the grass, they will soon dry up.
    Like green plants, they will soon die away.

Trust the LORD and do good.
    Live in the land and feed on truth.
Enjoy serving the LORD,
    and [the LORD] will give you what you want.
Depend on the LORD;
    trust [the LORD], and [the LORD] will take care of you.
Then your goodness will shine like the sun,
    and your fairness like the noonday sun.

Wait and trust the LORD.
    Don’t be upset when others get rich
    or when someone else’s plans succeed.
Don’t get angry.
    Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
Evil people will be sent away,
    but those who trust the LORD will inherit the land.
In a little while the wicked will be no more.
    You may look for them, but they will be gone.
People who are not proud will inherit the land
    and will enjoy complete peace.

The LORD saves good people;
    [The LORD] is their strength in times of trouble.
The LORD helps them and saves them;
    [the LORD] saves them from the wicked,
    because they trust in [the LORD] for protection.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space today bewildered by the pretentiousness of others, frustrated with their decisions. People in authority, people with great wealth, they seem to disregard the needs and concerns of others. In this space, your peace and grace fall upon us. You draw near and call to us, “Receive my peace. Receive my grace.”

Loving Yahweh, thank you for your words of wisdom that warn us to be aware of our feelings, emotions, and thoughts. If our feelings are left unchecked or not dealt with, we become controlled and in bondage to them. Lord, we trust in you and do good as a result of trusting you. You know us because you made us. Thank you for taking delight in giving us the desires of our heart. We love you LORD.

I receive your peace and grace today, LORD, and thank you for…

Let your grace, mercy and peace rain down, LORD. May your word and love fall upon all of us. May the rich, poor, sick, healthy, righteous and struggling people all receive you and return to you. May we keep our eyes on you and tell others of your goodness.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Genesis 43:16-34
Romans 8:1-11

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