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Daily Prayer - 2014-01-01

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is here.
Around me, in my sensations, in my thoughts and deep within me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of God's life-giving presence.

Freedom

Lord, I pray for your gift of freedom.
May your Holy Spirit
guide those in power to work for
equality for all your people.

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

Luke 2:16-19

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The shepherds might seem to be the least likely people to be the first with the news yet here they are – bringing good news that would change the world! I may think of myself as an unlikely herald of the gospel message. I remind myself that it is not about my worthiness, but I am asked to speak the truth as I know it.
  • Although there is much to talk about, Mary ponders in her heart. I consider what this means for me, how I might reflect and turn over in my heart things that cause wonder. I ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten me, to lead me to wisdom and light.

Conversation

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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