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A year later and we are still living in limbo not sure when this pandemic will end. For many of us this uncertainty has been exacerbated by ongoing lock-ins or outs, isolation, online overload, and distressing loss. None of us knows when—or if—life will go back to normal. Ambiguity is hard to handle, and it just goes on and on. And on.
Would it help to look at others who lived in limbo for long periods and survived? This lectionary draws on the words and experiences of individuals who spent years in uncertainty: Sarah & Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther, and Daniel. They experienced uncertainty sometimes in the face of unimaginable loss while they waited and waited. And waited.
Included with this lectionary is a study guide that takes you deeper into the experiences of the individuals and encourages you to derive personal lessons from how they waited. It could be used over a period of time, perhaps one individual each week between now and Easter. The lectionary includes choices as different words stand out during your study. The links below take you to the study guide and a printable version of this lectionary.
Yahweh! The LORD! You are gracious and compassionate! You are slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness. You lavish unfailing love on us. When I consider who You are, these are some of the words that come to mind. (Choose any of the words below or add your own.)
You are a great and awesome God who keeps Your covenant of love with us. I try and fail. Every day. If not for the covering of Your blood, I would be covered with shame. (Choose any of the prompts below or add your own.)
You forgive rebellion and sin but don’t necessarily remove their results. As I struggle with sin and face its consequences, help me not to harden my heart like the Children of Israel or Pharaoh did.
Lord, hear and act!
You spoke to Moses as to a friend. Will You also speak to me, Friend of sinners? (Choose from the questions below or ask your own. You may find it helpful to begin listening by meditating on the experiences of the individual in parenthesis.)
I’m listening and surrendering.
(This space indicates a period of stillness.)
You have opened the door to Your throne room. I humbly keep on knocking, knowing You will not become angry because You welcome my repeated requests. (Choose any of the prompts below or add your own.)
I will follow Your paths wherever they may lead. If in the process, my desires, freedoms, comforts, and self die, then so they perish. May all peoples I encounter be blessed through me, and may Your name be ever blessed!
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