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Daily Prayer - 2014-02-10

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,
the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind
are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of this presence of God within me.

Freedom

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Lord,
so that I may have inner freedom.
Let your Spirit instil in my heart
a desire to know and love you more each day.

 

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

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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  • St Mark’s gospel is full of movement! Several times already we have come across the phrase ‘they crossed over’. Crossing over, for us, can mean leaving something behind, in order to be with Jesus. It demands a readiness to risk, to step away from the familiar and comfortable, and follow Jesus to some new situation. A good prayer each morning is to ask, ‘Lord, where are we going today?’
  • The people ‘recognised him’. Lord, where will I recognise you today? Give me eyes to see you in the poor, the despised, the wretched of the earth.

Conversation

Friends don’t keep secrets from one another.
As I pray, can I look at Jesus as my friend
And share my innermost thoughts with him
Trusting that He understands?

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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