Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: Therefore, the days are coming—oracle of the LORD—when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt”; but rather, “As the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land of the north”—and from all the lands to which I banished them; they shall again live on their own soil. (Jeremiah 23:7-8)
Observation: The title for my post today comes from the scripture that is referenced at the bottom of the page where this scripture is found. It referenced Jeremiah 16:14-15, which said essentially the same thing as we find in today’s first reading, but it added in the next few verses an explanation of what it called the double punishment. I was left wondering if God was calling me to be a fisherman, or was he asking me to hunt down the offenders of his will.
Personification: Faithfulness I am focusing on the fruit of faithfulness today, and I prayed to hear the way I should carry out the message that I heard this morning. I heard the message at Communion Service that I need to be willing to say, “Yes”, like Joseph did when the angel told him to bring Mary into his home, even though she was pregnant with something that was not his fruit. He was asked to name him, and thereby become his earthly father, even though he did not have a part in his conception. There is no Canticle of Joseph that I know of, but you see that he just followed the will of God by doing exactly what the angel told him.
Prayer: Lord, may my family and I fulfill your calling by doing exactly what we are told by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. If it seems that we are not being inspired by the Holy Spirit, may you send us an angel in our dreams. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- O Come, Lord of Might (daringlutheran.net)
- Mary TV Daily Reflection 12/18/2012 (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- A Recent Lesson~ (dailycandyfloss.wordpress.com)