Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Red-tailed hawk, Qu’appelle Valley, Saskatchewan (Photo credit: Lara Stoudt)
“Galatians 4:21-5:1 (Easy to Read Version)” by Connie Beingessner.

Eighth Week of Ordinary Time, Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Galatians 4:21-5:1

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space as your children, freed from the yoke of slavery by the power of Life-giving Spirit. Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens; your mercy is all we see. We once lived as slaves by our own choosing, and we did not see your love and mercy. Now your love and mercy are all around and within us.

Your ways are not our ways, which we often forget; yet, you patiently and gently remind us to return to you. We try to do things on our own and rely on ourselves and our efforts. By relying on our own ideas, we become slaves, making a mess, causing trauma, and hating grace–especially your grace. In our brokenness and inadequacy, we turn to you, relying on you and following your directions. Thank you for the grace that leads to freedom. We stand firm in the freedom of Christ, embracing all you have for us.

I see your love and mercy all around me today, O LORD, and thank you for…

There is no place where we can hide from your love and mercy. They are free and available to us. Give us the wisdom, courage, and strength to keep our eyes on you so we will never return to the yoke of slavery, but always receive your yoke of life.

With joy we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 751-10
Zephaniah 3:1-13

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