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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-11

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

Freedom

Lord you gave me life and the gift of freedom.
Through your love I exist in this world.
May I never take the gift of life for granted.
May I always respect the right to life of others.

Consciousness

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

The Word of God

Mark 6:53-56

When Jesus and the disciples had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • By this stage a high-point of popularity for Jesus has been reached. The Gospel writer has just recounted his miraculous feeding of five thousand people after they had listened to his preaching.
  • Indeed, right from the beginning of his ministry there had been reports of people crowding round Jesus for a cure. "The whole city" of Capernaum, we are told, "gathered together about the door" – having witnessed his healings. (Mark 1:33)
  • Perhaps people’s urge to "touch even the fringe of his cloak" might have been set off by the story of the woman who had been healed by Jesus in the previous chapter. Having suffered haemorrhages for twelve years, she ‘came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak’ – and was immediately healed. (Mark 5:25-34).
  • In biblical terms, the benevolence of the Lord, the Great Healer is here in full view: abundant, pressed-down, flowing over.

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.

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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