Third Week of Advent, Wednesday, December 15, 2021
And you, watchtower of the flocks, hill of Jerusalem,
to you will come the kingdom as in the past.
Jerusalem, the right to rule will come again to you.”
Now, why do you cry so loudly?
Is your king gone?
Have you lost your helper,
so that you are in pain, like a woman trying to give birth?
People of Jerusalem, strain and be in pain.
Be like a woman trying to give birth,
because now you must leave the city
and live in the field.
You will go to Babylon,
but you will be saved from that place.
The LORD will go there
and buy you back from your enemies.
But now many nations
have come to fight against you,
saying, “Let’s destroy Jerusalem.
We will look at her and be glad we have defeated her.”
But they don’t know
what the LORD is thinking;
they don’t understand [the LORD’s] plan.
[The LORD] has gathered them like bundles of grain to the threshing floor.
“Get up and beat them, people of Jerusalem.
I will make you strong as if you had horns of iron
and hoofs of bronze.
You will beat many nations into small pieces
and give their wealth to the LORD,
their treasure to the Lord of all the earth.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We rise to meet you in this holy prayer space and hear your direction and guidance. We have strayed from you without knowing. We have taken our eyes off you and taken the long way around instead of following you. But you who are faithful keep calling to us in the darkness to walk through our pain and the barriers on our path as we return to you.
O Loving Yahweh, the world is so loud telling us to do more! Buy more! And the environment and pandemic are getting worse. The world says there is no god or God has abandoned us. The world wants to rob us of our joy. But in this moment, we breathe in your life-giving breath and listen to what you tell us in our innermost beings. We hear your gentle whisper reminding us that you are with us, you will save us and make us strong. You are faithful and trustworthy. Thanks to you all-loving, nurturing God for remembering us.
I rise to meet you today, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…
We praise you for your faithfulness and almighty plan, O LORD. Your ways are perfect. You already know the end of the story and encourage us to keep going, and that the journey is worth the goal. Give us the strength and faith today to press on and strain through the pain. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and uphold us with your spirit.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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