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Psalm 147 speaks words of comfort to the people of Israel and exhorts them to praise God for God’s power. God’s understanding is unlimited, and our Creator rejoices in those who trust in the Lord’s loving-kindness in any situation. The psalmist assures the people that God’s power is greater than...

Lord of mercy, my helper, protector, and comforter, give me serenity in all things, and show me how best to offer you my praise. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
December 27–31, 2021
Scripture Overview

The readings for this week are full of praise for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and an emphasis on human helplessness apart from God. Jeremiah portrays an exiled people’s despair turning to joy at their restoration. The psalmist proclaims God’s power to protect and provide for God’s people, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains that God’s will from the beginning has been for our adoption as God’s children through Christ. Praise and thanksgiving to God are the common and appropriate responses to all these mighty acts of God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jeremiah 31:7-14. How have you been restored by God’s kindness?
Read Psalm 147:12-20. In what ways have you experienced God strengthening and restoring you?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do you set your hope on Christ? How do you live differently because of that hope?

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