First Week After Epiphany, Tuesday, January 11, 2022
1 John 5:13-21
I write this letter to you who believe in the Son of God so you will know you have eternal life. And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what [God] wants, [God] hears us. If we know [God] hears us every time we ask [them], we know we have what we ask from [them].
If anyone sees a brother or sister sinning (sin that does not lead to eternal death), that person should pray, and God will give the sinner life. I am talking about people whose sin does not lead to eternal death. There is sin that leads to death. I do not mean that a person should pray about that sin. Doing wrong is always sin, but there is sin that does not lead to eternal death.
We know that those who are God’s children do not continue to sin. The Son of God keeps them safe, and the Evil One cannot touch them. We know that we belong to God, but the Evil One controls the whole world. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we can know the True One. And our lives are in the True One and in [their] Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ who is the true God and the eternal life.
So, dear children, keep yourselves away from false gods.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We celebrate as we enter your prayer space today, knowing that you count us among your children, your chosen ones. We encounter feelings of fear that we may stray so far from you as too fall out of your graces. You draw near to us. We feel your loving embrace as Life-giving Spirit cradles us. Your words are peace as you whisper once again, “as far as the east is from the west, north from the south, in the heavens or depths of the ocean, there is no place where my mercy and love cannot reach you.”
O Loving God, we, your beloved children, are feeble and are easily distracted by what is going on around us. Thank you for creating this sacred, holy time and space so we can commune with you. We lay aside the things we idolize so we can focus on you. Thank you for hearing our hearts’ longings and providing for us in new and exciting ways. Thank you, Life-giving Spirit, for revealing the truth to us in a way we can understand.
I feel your loving embrace today, LORD, and thank you for…
All praise to you LORD! Your love reaches the heavens and stretches beyond every horizon. All creation is covered by your mercy. We look to you for guidance as we journey. Shine your light on our path and in our hearts, so we may greet each other in a good way.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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