July 20, 2020 liturgy
Today’s devotion is based on a prophecy about Jesus as it is written down for us in Isaiah 53:7, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
Most of us know what it feels like to suffer unjustly, to bear the pain for something outside of your control. Instead of carrying silently the injustice done to us, we usually long to get even with those who cause us to suffer. Instead of turning the other cheek, we want to defend ourselves. In the heat of the moment, we often forget one small detail; everyone is made in the image of God, just like you are, and that he equally loves them just as he loves you, even though we all have wronged him.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, help me in my human imperfection and frailty to see others not with my own eyes but with your loving eyes as made in your image and equally loved by you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.