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Daily Prayer - 2014-05-12

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

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

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

John 10:11-18

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus' death was not just a consequence of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, an unlucky outcome of his confrontation with the Pharisees. Rather it was a result of Jesus freely choosing to be a light in the world, an exponent of the truth, an embodiment of God's unconditional love and mercy.
  • This light that was Jesus was unbearable to the Pharisees who built up over centuries the 620 laws based on the 10 commandments, and all you had to do was keep them to be saved. This degenerated into no God being required to be saved. For Jesus the keeping of the law was a consequence of being loved by God rather than the cause of being loved by God.
  • Do you experience God's love as pure gift or do you believe that you have to earn it?

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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