Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Wildflowers in the desert, Tonto National Forest, Arizona (Photo credit: Lara Stoudt)
“1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (New Century Version)” by Connie Beingessner.

Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Tuesday, November 14, 2023

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Loving Divine Family,

We remember those who are no longer with us–those who have passed or are removed from us by distance or illness. We feel lonely. We long to see them, to hear their voices. You invite us into your sacred prayer space. In your community, we find encouragement. We do not feel so alone. You bring us messages to remind us that you are as close as our breath, and that the veil us very thin between ourselves and those we miss.

Gracious, loving God, we seek you and your love. We seek and long for relationships with others who encourage us to worship you. What joy we experience because we know you love us, and we give thanks for friends who support us. May our love increase and overflow for each other and your creation. May our hearts be strengthened by your love.

I feel your encouragement today, O LORD, and thank you for…

We praise you for your presence with us. Thank you for mentors, Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and Water Carriers in our community, who check in on us and encourage us. We recognize you in all of them. Thank you for our ancestors who have gone before us and now cheer us on.

With joy we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 63:1-11
Joel 1:1-14

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