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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-10

Presence

What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming.
I reflect on the Presence of God always there in love,
amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
I pause and pray that I may let God
affect my becoming in this precise moment.
 

Freedom

I try to let go of concerns and worries
that may be dragging me down at this present moment.
I place any concerns I have in Gods hands
- at least for these few minutes of prayer.

Consciousness

Conscious of your presence, Lord,
I look over my recent past.
Let me be honest with myself about how I’ve been
And what I’ve done,
Because I know you love truth in the heart
And accept me just as I am.

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

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn 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.

Amen

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