Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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Week of Epiphany, Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Acts 7:44-53
“The Holy Tent where God spoke to our ancestors was with them in the desert. God told Moses how to make this Tent, and he made it like the plan God showed him. Later, Joshua led our ancestors to capture the lands of the other nations. Our people went in, and God forced the other people out. When our people went into this new land, they took with them this same Tent they had received from their ancestors. They kept it until the time of David, who pleased God and asked God to let him build a house for him, the God of Jacob. But Solomon was the one who built the Temple.

“But the Most High does not live in houses that people build with their hands. As the prophet says:
‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
So do you think you can build a house for me? says the Lord.
    Do I need a place to rest?
Remember, my hand made all these things!’” (Isaiah 66:1–2)

Stephen continued speaking: “You stubborn people! You have not given your hearts to God, nor will you listen to him! You are always against what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you, just as your ancestors were. Your ancestors tried to hurt every prophet who ever lived. Those prophets said long ago that the One who is good would come, but your ancestors killed them. And now you have turned against and killed the One who is good. You received the law of Moses, which God gave you through his angels, but you haven’t obeyed it.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

How mysterious are your ways, O Mighty God! We look upon you with human eyes, and just by thinking about you our mind limits you in our humanity. We cannot comprehend the vastness of your ways. You are without limits. You only require from us a response to your invitation to a relationship, and to know you through this relationship. 

We, your beloved, join together to spend time with you and to listen to you, our LORD and God. We remember we are your creation and that you made all things. Thank you that you go with us into the new year, and that we can worship you in truth and spirit no matter where we are. 

I seek to know you more today, LORD, and thank you for…

We try in our human understanding to give our hearts to you. But so often our efforts turn into feelings of righteousness, duty, and responsibility. Teach us your ancient ways so we may know the boundlessness of your love and desires for us.  

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Isaiah 6:1-5
Psalm 72:1-20

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