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When we encounter the words of the Psalms, we find language of loving God and being loved by God that is becoming more foreign to our day and time. In this age we encounter only on rare occasions a poet or orator who can use the words of written or...

Mighty One, who has created all, may our ears hear and our eyes see those who search for justice. We pray today for those Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) from across North America and the world, whose stories are just now coming to the light of the noonday. May violence, harm, and exploitation cease in the world we live in. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
February 18–24, 2019
Scripture Overview

Joseph had experienced betrayal by his brothers and then had been sold into slavery. At the time, he no doubt had felt abandoned by God. However, after God raises up Joseph in Egypt, Joseph is able to provide for his family in a time of drought. Although others have acted with evil intentions, God uses it for good. The psalmist offers a similar encouragement. We struggle in the real challenges that face us, but we believe in a God who can carry us through them. In First Corinthians, Paul explains that God carries us even through death to resurrection glory on the other side. Jesus teaches us to respond to evil with mercy. Because we believe in a God who will ultimately bring justice, we do not need to serve as judge and executioner.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Genesis 45:3-11, 15. How would considering your children’s children to seven generations change the way you make decisions?
Read Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40. What is your relationship to the land on which you live now and the land on which you lived as you grew up?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50. How do you live out the characteristics of God’s imperishable realm?
Read Luke 6:27-38. How do you respond to Jesus’ call to love your enemies as an individual? How does your community of faith follow this gospel requirement?

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