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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-10

Presence

It is always nice to be in the presence of friends.
When I come into your presence, O Lord,
I know I am in the presence of my Creator.
You created me out of Love.
You even know the amount of hairs on my head.
Your presence, O Lord, is the greatest of all.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

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

Mark 8:1-10

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way - and some of them have come from a great distance." His disciples replied, "How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?" He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven." Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Now there were about four thousand people.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Throughout the Bible story of the people that God had taken as his own, there ran a note of great expectation: one day, the final coming in power of God’s kingdom would be brought about by the longed-for Messiah or Saviour. And then there would be celebration and feasting for the whole people. It is possible to see the scene of Jesus miraculously feeding the multitude, as the fulfilment of this expectation – if not as the Messianic banquet itself, then at least as a forerunner of it.
  • In Luke’s version of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus first gives thanks, then looks up to heaven, and finally blesses the food before distributing it. (Luke 9:16). This makes clear that it is the heavenly Father of his people who is the host of the whole event.
  • At an ordinary human level, we are given a glimpse of Jesus’ tender concern for the crowd. They have left their homes – followed him into the desert – and remained with him for days: he is full of compassion, being very conscious of their tiredness and pangs of hunger.

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving 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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