In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic led us into our own time of wilderness wandering and wondering. As we experienced the shutting down and reopening of our places of worship, work, school, social gathering—the ways we did life together—many of us began daydreaming about new possibilities. While navigating the realities...

God, meet us in the wilderness, in our wandering, and in our coming home. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
October 23–29, 2023
Scripture Overview

The end of Deuteronomy completes the story of the life of Moses. Although he led the people out of Egypt, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he lost his temper in the desert. The difficult task of leading the people back to the land will fall to Joshua. The psalmist calls out to God for mercy because the people have been suffering as a result of their disobedience. Paul defends himself against the charge that he has been preaching out of a desire for fame or money; the approval he seeks comes only from God. Jesus has yet another confrontation with religious leaders attempting to trick him. He avoids their schemes and emphasizes that love of God and love of neighbor summarize the entire law.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12. When has a leadership transition in your faith community been difficult for you? When has it been sacred?Read Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17. How do you make God your dwelling place?Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. How can you strive to love those whom you have never met? How can you meet new people with love as siblings?Read Matthew 22:34-46. How do you wrestle with the Bible? When have your questions strengthened your faith or revealed something new?

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