Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Third Week in Lent, Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Psalm 39:1-13
I said, “I will be careful how I act
    and will not sin by what I say.
I will be careful what I say
    around wicked people.”
So I kept very quiet.
    I didn’t even say anything good,
    but I became even more upset.
I became very angry inside,
    and as I thought about it, my anger burned.
    So I spoke:
“LORD, tell me when the end will come
    and how long I will live.
    Let me know how long I have.
You have given me only a short life;
    my lifetime is like nothing to you.
    Everyone’s life is only a breath.


People are like shadows moving about.
    All their work is for nothing;
    they collect things but don’t know who will get them.

“So, Lord, what hope do I have?
    You are my hope.
Save me from all my sins.
    Don’t let wicked fools make fun of me.
I am quiet; I do not open my mouth,
    because you are the one who has done this.
Quit punishing me;
    your beating is about to kill me.
You correct and punish people for their sins;
    like a moth, you destroy what they love.
    Everyone’s life is only a breath.


“LORD, hear my prayer,
    and listen to my cry.
    Do not ignore my tears.
I am like a visitor with you.
    Like my ancestors, I’m only here a short time.
Leave me alone so I can be happy
    before I leave and am no more.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We sit in the noise of our minds and want to scream at you and everyone else. Why have you brought us here, out of our comfort zones, only to be tormented by a world gone mad? It would be better for us to just return and stick our heads in the sand. Here in this sacred prayer space, you embrace us. You surround us on all sides and gently squeeze, forcing us to exhale. Then you release and we inhale again. Exhale, inhale. We are but breath. We join your
breath-dance, the rhythm of life, and feel your peace returning.

We come to pray to you, Creator, mighty God. Thank you for your guidance to watch our mouths and words. We spew out the anger, hurt, and resentment to You, O Great Listener, so we do not cause chaos and pain to ourselves and others. You have given us one life to live, and one body. Life is too short to hold onto the garbage that causes pain and illness. Thank you for listening to us and showing us where you were, are and will be. Now that we have shared our innermost thoughts, we can hear you say, “My Beloved, I am with you, and I love you from eternity to eternity.”

I join your breath-rhythm today, O LORD, and thank you for…

Open our eyes to the mystery of your creation. Open our ears to the voices in the trees, Mother Earth, and all beings, so that we may hear their celebration. Draw us close, so we may feel your heartbeat. We bow to Life-giving Spirit in each other and celebrate you.

With joy we praise you!


Other Lectionary Readings for Today:

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Number 13:17-27
Luke 13:18-21

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