Thursday, January 6, 2022

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Epiphany of Our LORD, Thursday, January 6, 2022

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
These are the words of the Teacher, a son of David, king in Jerusalem.

The Teacher says,
    “Useless! Useless!
Completely useless!
    Everything is useless.”
What do people really gain
    from all the hard work they do here on earth?

People live, and people die,
    but the earth continues forever.
The sun rises, the sun sets,
    and then it hurries back to where it rises again.
The wind blows to the south;
    it blows to the north.
It blows from one direction and then another.
    Then it turns around and repeats the same pattern, going nowhere.
All the rivers flow to the sea,
    but the sea never becomes full.
Everything is boring,
    so boring that you don’t even want to talk about it.
Words come again and again to our ears,
    but we never hear enough,
    nor can we ever really see all we want to see.
All things continue the way they have been since the beginning.
    What has happened will happen again;
    there is nothing new here on earth.
Someone might say,
    “Look, this is new,”
but really it has always been here.
    It was here before we were.
People don’t remember what happened long ago,
    and in the future people will not remember what happens now.
    Even later, other people will not remember what was done before them.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

There is no place we long to be more than here in your holy prayer space with you. We love to linger here to listen to ancient stories of Mother Earth and her ways. So mysterious are the intricacies of the universe. But to you they are not mysterious because you carefully created all things. 

Ancient of Days, we are small creatures who do as the generations before us. Thank you that you are mindful of who we are and still long to be in a relationship with us. We do not often take time to remember your goodness and wisdom. We try to do it on our own. You remind us that there is nothing new under the sun. But on this day of Epiphany, we take time to remember to remember and give thanks for the gifts you have given us to take into the new year. Thank you, Jehovah Jireh (Our Provider).

I hear your invitation to participate in your mystery today, O Yahweh, and thank you for…

You invite us to remember to remember the ancient ways of life before religion. You remind us of who we are and where we came from. You call us to share the stories of your creation and the mystical ways of the universe, so we and others remember that you are the only true God. We hear the stories of your love for creation and celebrate together.  

With joy we praise you! 

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 25:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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