Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Third Week After Epiphany, Thursday, January 27, 2022

2 Chronicles 34:1-7
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he ruled thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He did what the LORD said was right. He lived as his ancestor David had lived, and he did not stop doing what was right.

In his eighth year as king while he was still young, Josiah began to obey the God of his ancestor David. In his twelfth year as king, Josiah began to remove from Judah and Jerusalem the gods, the places for worshiping gods, the Asherah idols, and the wooden and metal idols. The people tore down the altars for the Baal gods as Josiah directed. Then Josiah cut down the incense altars that were above them. He broke up the Asherah idols and the wooden and metal idols and beat them into powder. Then he sprinkled the powder on the graves of the people who had offered sacrifices to these gods. He burned the bones of their priests on their own altars. So Josiah removed idol worship from Judah and Jerusalem, and from the towns in the areas of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon all the way to Naphtali, and in the ruins near these towns. Josiah broke down the altars and Asherah idols and beat the idols into powder. He cut down all the incense altars in all of Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space, seeking your forgiveness and to participate in your mystery. We listen to you tell the stories of your mysterious ways. You were before all things and brought them into being with a single word and breath. Only you were there in the beginning. No other gods were there with you. You are Creator to all things.

Loving Yahweh, thank you for the younger generation that can bring us back into a loving relationship with you. Thank you for the godly mothers who teach the children of your support, restoration, and healing. We are grateful for the opportunity to do things a new way and that you take pleasure when we seek you.

I hear your stories of creation, Mighty Yahweh, and thank you for…

Reveal to us all our household gods that threaten to take our focus off you. We confess our fears and desires to follow, even worship, these other gods instead of you. Return to us the understanding of who you are and your love for us.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 71:1-6
Acts 10:44-48

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