Ezekiel 1:15-21 (VOICE)

15 As I observed the living creatures with their four faces, I saw a wheel on the ground next to each of them. 16 The wheels glittered like sun-kissed jewels. All four wheels looked exactly alike, each appearing to have another wheel inside it. 17 As the wheels moved, they were able to go in the four directions the living creatures faced. They rolled straight ahead, never swerving off to the side. 18 The rims of the four wheels were tall and inspired fear, filled with eyes all around. 19 The wheels went wherever the living creatures went: when the living creatures moved, the wheels stayed right beside them; when the living creatures rose up from the ground, the wheels rose with them. 20 The living creatures went wherever the spirit directed, and the wheels stayed right beside them; for the spirit of the creatures directed the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, so did the wheels; when the creatures stood still, so did the wheels; when the creatures rose up from the ground, so did the wheels, because the spirit of the four living creatures was in the wheels.

Our Father in heaven,

There are many wheels in the Mississippi Delta–motor vehicles, bicycles, tractors and heavy equipment, railroad cars, wheelchairs, stretchers, wheelbarrows, etc. Our wheels are very different from those of the living creatures. They do not sparkle like sun-kissed jewels. Nor do they rise from the ground. They lack eyes, and they are not intimately connected to our bodies and spirits.

Nonetheless, we bless the wheels of the Christians in the Mississippi Delta. With You all things are possible. We know that You delight in using the lowly things to confound the wisdom of the arrogant.

Holy Spirit, we invite You to use our wheels, modest though they may be, for the establishment of God’s kingdom in the Delta as it is in heaven. Direct our wheels! Amen.

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