First Week of Advent, Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Lord, you have been our home
since the beginning.
Before the mountains were born
and before you created the earth and the world,
you are God.
You have always been, and you will always be.
You turn people back into dust.
You say, “Go back into dust, human beings.”
To you, a thousand years
is like the passing of a day,
or like a few hours in the night.
While people sleep, you take their lives.
They are like grass that grows up in the morning.
In the morning they are fresh and new,
but by evening they dry up and die.
We are destroyed by your anger;
we are terrified by your hot anger.
You have put the evil we have done right in front of you;
you clearly see our secret sins.
All our days pass while you are angry.
Our years end with a moan.
Our lifetime is seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
But the years are full of hard work and pain.
They pass quickly, and then we are gone.
Who knows the full power of your anger?
Your anger is as great as our fear of you should be.
Teach us how short our lives really are
so that we may be wise.
LORD, how long before you return
and show kindness to your servants?
Fill us with your love every morning.
Then we will sing and rejoice all our lives.
We have seen years of trouble.
Now give us as much joy as you gave us sorrow.
Show your servants the wonderful things you do;
show your greatness to their children.
Lord our God, treat us well.
Give us success in what we do;
yes, give us success in what we do.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We are reminded each day that all living things, all that you created, have seasons of life. We look around and see signs of the seasons. We even see the death of our loved ones and experience our own aging and we know the fear of change. Draw near to us, LORD, and hold us close as we feel the chills of winter closing in around us.
Loving creating God, thank you for filling us with your love. We join with creation singing your praises. You are our safe dwelling place where you share deep and wonderful things with us that give us hope. Establish the work of our hands. May we be mindful that “our time on earth is a short opportunity to say I love you back to you” (Henri Nouwen).
I feel Life-giving Spirit’s embrace warming me, LORD, and thank you for…
Surround us with the reassurance of your loving faithfulness, LORD. Fill us with the memories and images of your ever-present love and protection as we continue on your path. May your joy be forever in our hearts, and may your praises be ever on our lips as we journey in your care.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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