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Daily Prayer - 2013-05-07

Presence

Dear Lord, you have called me by my name.
You have carved me in the palm of your hand.
May I grow in trust and never give in to despair.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

Lord, you are present in all things
And when I take time to simply sit and be with you
My mind rests
And I feel your peace.

The Word of God

John 16:5-11

Jesus said, 'Now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, "Where are you going?" But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The whole purpose of Jesus was to awaken in us the realisation that we are sons and daughters of God (by grace); co-heirs to God’s kingdom with Him. “We are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
  • A really successful master/teacher makes his pupils masters in their own right. Jesus tells his disciples “it is to your advantage that I go away”, so that they will discover in themselves the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit who guided him. This Spirit will show up in the shortcomings of the world, lead it into right relationship with God and others, and convince it that love alone is the ultimate value on which we all will be judged.
  • How is the Holy Spirit enlightening you and guiding you in your life? Do you find that the Spirit shows you what the world lacks, and provides you with a more inclusive integrating vision for humanity?

Conversation

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Sometimes I get bogged down
with the concerns of this life.
Grant that I may be still more often.
To know Your peace, Your calm.

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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