Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Second Week of Advent, Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Luke 7:18-30
John’s followers told him about all these things. He called for two of his followers and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the One who is to come, or should we wait for someone else?”

When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you with this question: ‘Are you the One who is to come, or should we wait for someone else?’”

At that time, Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many blind people. Then Jesus answered John’s followers, “Go tell John what you saw and heard here. The blind can see, the crippled can walk, and people with skin diseases are healed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor. Those who do not stumble in their faith because of me are blessed!”

When John’s followers left, Jesus began talking to the people about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed blown by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, people who have fine clothes and much wealth live in kings’ palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, John is more than a prophet. This was written about him:

‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare the way for you.’ (Malachi 3:1)

I tell you, John is greater than any other person ever born, but even the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than John.”

(When the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they all agreed that God’s teaching was good, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts on the law refused to accept God’s plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.)
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We look to each other as we journey and ask if this is the way to your peaceful holy mountain. We enter your prayer space seeking you and find you waiting for us. You assure us that we are on your path to peace. You encourage us to keep listening to the wise Elders you have placed among us, because they know your ways and means.

O Yahweh, we, your blessed people, come before you today and, like John, are taking stock of our lives. You are not angry or frustrated by the questions, but take delight that we want to be in relationship with you and that we want to have conversation with you. Thank you for the current, past, and future messengers who prepare us to receive your message of faithful love and encourage us to be people of faith. Thank you for removing the blinders so we can see you in our lives and in those around us.

I feel your peace and have faith today, Loving Jesus, and thank you for…

You have placed us on this good path and prepared the way for us. We will not slip or stumble, but are blessed through your loving faithfulness to us. Let us encourage each other as we journey and tell others of your goodness.   

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 126:1-6
Isaiah 35:3-7

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