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Daily Prayer - 2018-08-10

Presence

I remind myself that I am in your presence O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.

Freedom

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

Consciousness

At this moment Lord I turn my thoughts to you.
I will leave aside my chores and preoccupations.
I will take rest and refreshment in your presence Lord.

The Word of God

John 12:24-26

Jesus said "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’ that “God has written a precious book, ‘whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe’”. (Laudato si, 85). Jesus saw nature in this way: do I? Let’s imagine a wheat-grain at harvest time. It feels happy and fulfilled in the autumn sunshine. But winter comes and it is ploughed into the damp earth. It loses its beauty and begins to rot. But with the coming of Spring it starts to stir. Its stalk pushes up to meet the sun and steadily a whole head of wheat emerges, thirty, sixty, perhaps a hundred grains.
  • Can you imagine your life as being like this? God says to you, ‘I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm’ (Jeremiah 29:11). God always works to bring good out of what is less than good in your life. Ask to allow him to work unimpeded in you.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side 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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