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Daily Prayer - 2013-11-02

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God."
Lord, Your words lead us to the
calmness and greatness of Your Presence.

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

There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

The Word of God

Luke 7:11-17

Soon afterwards Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and "God has looked favourably on his people!" This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • I look at the scene and imagine myself present at Nain, witnessing this miracle. I see Jesus who has compassion on the widow, and performs the miracle without being asked to. Is there someone I would like to pray for today, someone who has been through a serious loss, is grieving or feeling lost? Jesus, teach me to be compassionate like you.
  • I may be like the young man, not feeling anything, just carried by others. Or I may be the one carrying someone who feels like dead. Or like the heart-broken mother. I pray to meet Jesus who in his compassion can change my life for the better, giving me life and joy.
  • ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!' I pray for the ability to trust in the potential of today's young people and to look at them in a positive way.

Conversation

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

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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