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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-02

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,
the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind
are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of this presence of God within me.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Mostly I take this gift for granted.
Inspire me to live in the freedom you intended,
with a heart untroubled and with complete trust in you.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Luke 9:57-62

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In this passage from Luke, people admire Jesus and are inspired by him and so, “I will follow you,” they say. But they remind him that they have their own concerns to deal with first. Jesus asks them if they really know what it means to follow him.
  • We celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi today. His name lives on because he knew what the call of Jesus meant. He understood the inner voice that called him to rebuild the church. He left his wealth to become poor among the poor. He rebuilt a community that was in love with nature and shone with child-like simplicity.
  • Are we are inspired by how Francis totally handed himself over to the call of Jesus? When we die, we will have no choice but to do the same. But to what degree can we hand ourselves over to Jesus now? Can those practical concerns of family ties and work become a path rather than a block to following the Lord? Can we inspire others by the way we relate to them and the way we go about our daily tasks? How close can we get now, to being like Francis who followed Jesus?

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for 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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