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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-11

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

Freedom

I need to close out the noise, to rise above the noise;
The noise that interrupts, that separates,
The noise that isolates.
I need to listen to God again.

Consciousness

How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.

The Word of God

Matthew 18:12-14

Jesus said to his disciples: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." 

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The saviour/shepherd king, is compassion and mercy itself. No one of the persons in his care is just a statistic – his heart is wrung and totally preoccupied if even one individual goes missing. He is the shepherd who will not rest until he has found the stray.
  • But he is also a shepherd with resources of strength and power behind him - his arm subdues all things, Isaiah reminds us; and he is ever victorious.
  • The ‘expected of the ages’, then, is awaited by us with awareness both of our own weakness and of his great might.

Conversation

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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