First Week of Advent, Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Then King David went in and sat in front of the LORD. David said, “Lord GOD, who am I? What is my family? Why did you bring me to this point? But even this is not enough for you, Lord GOD. You have also made promises about my future family. This is extraordinary, Lord GOD.
“What more can I say to you, Lord GOD, since you know me, your servant, so well! You have done this great thing because you said you would and because you wanted to, and you have let me know about it. This is why you are great, Lord GOD! There is no one like you. There is no God except you. We have heard all this ourselves! There is no nation like your people Israel. They are the only people on earth that God chose to be [their] own. You made your name well known. You did great and wonderful miracles for them. You went ahead of them and forced other nations and their gods out of the land. You freed your people from slavery in Egypt. You made the people of Israel your very own people forever, and, LORD, you are their God.
“Now, LORD God, keep the promise forever that you made about my family and me, your servant. Do what you have said. Then you will be honored always, and people will say, ‘The LORD All-Powerful is God over Israel!’ And the family of your servant David will continue before you.
“LORD All-Powerful, the God of Israel, you have said to me, ‘I will make your family great.’ So I, your servant, am brave enough to pray to you. Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true. And you have promised these good things to me, your servant. Please, bless my family. Let it continue before you always. Lord GOD, you have said so. With your blessing let my family always be blessed.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Who are we that you find us worthy to be among your beloved children? We know too well the challenges of staying on your good path. But we also know very well the stories of your loving faithfulness to us through the generations. As you draw close to us in this holy space, you remind us clearly of your presence with us and your promises to us.
Oh LORD of Hosts, All-powerful God, you know us so well and care for every little detail. Thank you for the blessings you have given us so far. Thank you that your words are true and that you fulfill your promises to us. You have been in our midst and in the mess of our lives. You never abandon us. Thank you for the promises of blessings for us, our families, and our communities. With joyful hope we wait for you.
I remember the stories of your faithfulness to me today, LORD God, and thank you for…
With your blessing let our families always be blessed! As it was in the beginning and has been through the generations, we place our hope in you that your blessings will continue now and forevermore. We look to your promises and seek you on our paths today as we celebrate together.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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