Here we are friends! The final day in the 100's and the final day with the book of Ezekiel. Great work to all! This final section of Ezekiel is not much more entertaining than yesterday's reading but does continue to restart the people's faith and covenant with God. Much of what you will read will be a review of the other law books (Leviticus and Deuteronomy) with some weird zoning laws thrown in for good measure. Ezekiel was a long book with lots of weird, difficult, and occasionally beautiful glimpses of God and God's evolution. What about this book will stay with you?
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about what was happening for the people of the day?
What, if anything, about this reading feels applicable today? How does it challenge me?
The prayer for today is inspired by hymn 199 in our United Methodist Hymnal - The Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)
I can't find an exact version of the one in our hymnal but I did find this one to be very enchanting. It has that classic monastic chant of high church services often found in the Catholic faith. The words of the Methodist version are below.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
who has looked with favor on me, a lowly servant
From this day all generations shall call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is the name of the Lord,
whose mercy is on those who fear God
from generation to generation.
The arm of the Lord is strong
and has scattered the proud in their conceit
God has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly
God has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich empty away.
God has come to the aid of Israel, the chosen servant,
remembering the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.