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Daily Prayer - 2013-07-27

Presence

Lord, God, my Creator,
Be close to me now.
My soul yearns for your presence.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Matthew 13:24-30

He put before them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, "Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?" He answered, "An enemy has done this." The slaves said to him, "Then do you want us to go and gather them?" But he replied, "No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn." '

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • While we are still in the season of growth, let me be vigilant as the farmer was. There are weeds among the wheat of my own heart. But let me also be patient, not only with my own weeds but with those of others. In accepting my own inadequate self, I can come to accept others.
  • Even the church can be a ‘mixed’ organisation - wheat and weeds side by side, looking very much alike. You can have those who on the surface look to be faithful disciples, but in fact they’re not. The fruit shows the heart - they might look like wheat, but they produce weeds. Lord, may I not be among them.

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

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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