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Daily Prayer - 2018-05-19

Presence

The more we call on God
the more we can feel God's presence.
Day by day we are drawn closer
to the loving heart of God.

Freedom

Lord, I let go of the worries, resentments and fears
That I can sometimes hold on to so tightly.
Let me open my hands and my heart to receive freely
All the gifts that I need at this time.

Consciousness

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

The Word of God

John 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, 'Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?' When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus said to him, 'If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!' So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, 'If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?'

This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘The disciple whom Jesus loved’. What a description of any one! Have I ever thought of myself as ‘the one Jesus loved’ or had an experience that I can recall of, where I considered myself especially loved by Jesus?
  • To love Jesus and be loved by Jesus is to ‘follow‘ him.
  • The beloved disciple is given the task of ‘testifying’ to what has happened in his life. I am called to ‘testify’ to the ‘great things the Lord has done’ in my life. ‘For the Mighty One has done great things for me’ - Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:49).

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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