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Daily Prayer - 2014-02-01

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, 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

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.  If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to the disciples, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This is the first time in Mark that Jesus crosses from the predominantly Jewish to the predominantly Gentile side of the Sea of Galilee. He is accompanied by a small flotilla of boats. It can be a dangerous crossing if a windstorm suddenly whips up, something that happens now. To make matters worse it is night and the boats lose contact with each other. The disciples are terrified, fearing for their lives. But Jesus, like Jonah before him (Jonah 1:4-6), is sleeping through it all!
  • Take your place in Jesus’ boat and allow yourself to be drawn into the whole experience. Let the drama unfold. How do you feel when the waves pour into the boat, threatening to sink her? Do you cry out to Jesus and find him unresponsive because he is asleep? After a while he wakes and calms the wind and the sea; and chides the disciples for their lack of faith. Do you share their awe as they realise that they are in the presence of some extraordinary power? Are you as faithless are they are when storms arise in your life and Jesus seems distant and unconcerned?

Conversation

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

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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