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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-26

Presence

I remind myself that I am in your presence O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 14:1-6

Jesus said to the disciples, 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • When we hold on to negativity from hurts that were inflicted on us in the past, even if we were wronged and unjustly treated, we are letting ourselves be defined by what happened to us in the past rather than by what we choose to do now and in the future. This is a crucial choice that hugely determines the quality of our lives. Pray for the grace and wisdom to let go of negativity from past events and to choose to be defined by what you will do now and in the future.
  • Step into the scene of today's scripture, see Jesus with his closest friends as he breaks the news to them that He has only hours to live. See their shock and bewilderment and their anticipatory grief. He tries to console them stressing that the loss of His physical presence is not the end of life but that He will still be with them in a different form.
  • Jesuit mystic Theihard DeChardin was fond of reminding us, "We are spiritual beings having a human experience, not human beings having a spiritual experience." The spiritual embraces and transcends the human dimension of our lives. "Do you have a sense that your life includes and is more than your span of life on earth?"

Conversation

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’

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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