Thursday, May 23, 2024

The birth of a willow leaf, Saskatchewan (Photo credit: Lara Stoudt)
“Romans 8:1-8 (Good News Translation)” by Mark Beingessner.

The Week of Pentecost, Thursday, May 23, 2024

Romans 8:1-8

Loving Divine Family,

Why have you removed our youth from us, O LORD? We feel slower and burdened with age. We feel betrayed by our bodies in the face of demands and expectations of this world. But you draw close to us; your words of hope fill us as you press your lips to our ears and whisper, “Receive my Spirit, and be freed from all condemnation.”

Thank you, Jesus, for coming into our disordered mess, and for being in our midst bringing order, peace, and meaning into our lives. Thank you that you do not condemn us, but give us life and restore us. Thank you, Yahweh, you lead us into wide open spacious free life and not into bondage.

I receive your Spirit today, Wise God, and thank you for…

To you be all glory and honour, LORD. You have provided the way for us to break free from the condemnation of self and social expectations. We step with courage onto your Ancient Path today.

With joy we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 29
Isaiah 1:1-4, 16-20

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