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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-07

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.

Consciousness

How do I find myself today?
Where am I with God? With others?
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?" Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • God's law is the law of freedom, for our lawgiver describes himself as merciful and compassionate. If we insist on the observance of the letter of the law rather than its spirit we may easily end up far from God rather than close to his will. This same discussion is going on in today's Church, and I pray that it be enlightened by the spirit of Jesus.
  • 'The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath!' No wonder the Jews found Jesus difficult, they rightly understood he was claiming to be God himself. We sometimes reduce Jesus to his message of universal love and forgiveness, and are not ready to accept his claim that he is also our Lord and God.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.

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.

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