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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-22

Presence

Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.

Freedom

If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?

If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?

I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations

and open to what God may be saying to me.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Luke 19:41-44

As Jesus
came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, 'If you, even you, had
only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are
hidden from your eyes.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus weeps over Jerusalem as a mother weeps over her child. Jesus’ heart was full, shortly before this, he had experienced the great welcome of the people and had made a triumphant entry in Jerusalem. But the people had no idea of what lay ahead…
  • Jesus, who was there to help you carry your burdens? Who was there in moments of sadness or loneliness? Yet you are so near to us just waiting for us to call on you to comfort us in the darkness moments of our lives. Thank you for your great love for us.

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence, I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me, and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart, speaking as one friend to another.

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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