Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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Seventh Week After Epiphany, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Psalm 38:1-22
LORD, don’t correct me when you are angry.
    Don’t punish me when you are furious.
Your arrows have wounded me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
My body is sick from your punishment.
    Even my bones are not healthy because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me;
    like a load it weighs me down.

My sores stink and become infected
    because I was foolish.
I am bent over and bowed down;
    I am sad all day long.
I am burning with fever,
    and my whole body is sore.
I am weak and faint.
    I moan from the pain I feel.

Lord, you know everything I want;
    my cries are not hidden from you.
My heart pounds, and my strength is gone.
    I am losing my sight.
Because of my wounds, my friends and neighbors avoid me,
    and my relatives stay far away.
Some people set traps to kill me.
    Those who want to hurt me plan trouble;
    all day long they think up lies.

I am like the deaf; I cannot hear.
    Like the mute, I cannot speak.
I am like those who do not hear,
    who have no answer to give.
I trust you, LORD.
    You will answer, my Lord and God.
I said, “Don’t let them laugh at me
    or brag when I am defeated.”
I am about to die,
    and I cannot forget my pain.
I confess my guilt;
    I am troubled by my sin.

My enemies are strong and healthy,
    and many hate me for no reason.
They repay me with evil for the good I did.
    They lie about me because I try to do good.

LORD, don’t leave me;
    my God, don’t go away.
Quickly come and help me,
    my Lord and Savior.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space feeling overwhelmed by the many challenges we face. We feel fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and sickness. Some days it seems all we can do is focus on our human condition and feel defeated. In this peaceful place, you remind us to first remember to remember so we can give thanks for your faithfulness to us.

Thank you, Loving Yahweh, for hearing us. We call out to you; we are in pain and are suffering. It feels like we are alone, and people are out to get us. Please come quickly to save us. Thank you for not forsaking us.

I remember to remember your tender mercies today, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…

We choose to walk in your light today, giving thanks and praise. Fill us with your breath so we can sing, rejoice, give thanks, and praise with a newfound joy.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Leviticus 5:1-13
Luke 17:1-4

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