The lectionary texts for this week include Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and Luke 21:5-9. Alternate selections include Malachi 4:1-2a and Psalm 98.

Isaiah 65:17-18 – For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

It would be nice if we could selectively remove memories from our past – times we wronged others and times we were wronged. With a loving, forgiving and gracious God at our side, we are able to walk into each day as newly created beings.

Prayer: Creator God, help us to be more forgiving people – to others and to ourselves. Amen.

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