Sixth Week After Epiphany, Tuesday, February 15, 2022
In the first year Cyrus was king of Persia, the Lord caused Cyrus to send an announcement to his whole kingdom and to put it in writing. This happened so the LORD’S message spoken by Jeremiah would come true. He wrote:
This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
The LORD, the God of heaven, has given all the kingdoms of the earth to me, and [the LORD] has appointed me to build a Temple for [them] at Jerusalem in Judah. May God be with all of you who are [God’s] people. You are free to go to Jerusalem in Judah and build the Temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, who is in Jerusalem. Those who stay behind, wherever they live, should support those who want to go. Give them silver and gold, supplies and cattle, and special gifts for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.
Then the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and Levites got ready to go to Jerusalem—everyone God had caused to want to go to Jerusalem to build the Temple of the LORD. All their neighbors helped them, giving them things made of silver and gold, along with supplies, cattle, valuable gifts, and special gifts for the Temple. Also, King Cyrus brought out the bowls and pans that belonged in the Temple of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his own god. Cyrus king of Persia had Mithredath the treasurer bring them and count them out for Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
He listed thirty gold dishes, one thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine pans, thirty gold bowls, four hundred ten matching silver bowls, and one thousand other pieces.
There was a total of fifty-four hundred pieces of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these things along when the captives went from Babylon to Jerusalem.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We gather in your presence and hear the stories of your people, our ancestors. You invite us to remember and participate in your mystery. We remember to remember, and we give thanks for your faithfulness. You invite us to write down the stories.
Loving Yahweh, we sing your praises. Your Word is ever-true. You fulfil your promises and give us what we need to answer your call for us. Thank you that what has been taken by others is returned to us. You are amazing and wonderful.
I remember your stories and faithfulness to my ancestors, Yahweh, and thank you for…
In your perfect timing your promises come true. Your word is not forgotten. Creation remembers and calls to you. Our ancestors remember and call for wise Elders to guide and encourage us to be obedient to your instructions. May we listen and respond when you call us to return to you.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler