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Daily Prayer - 2014-02-19

Presence

God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I am here, right now.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

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 8:22-26

They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • St Mark’s detailed account of this miracle reveals how ours is a truly “hands-on” God. Jesus took, led, smeared, laid on hands and questioned the blind man. His complete healing only came after a process which included the cooperation of the man himself. It ended with a warning to go straight home. God knows us and our needs infinitely better than we do ourselves.
  • Many centuries earlier the Psalmist cautioned against underestimating God’s knowledge of every detail of our lives. “They say, ‘the Lord is not looking, the God of Jacob is taking no notice…. Fools, when will you learn some sense? Shall he who implanted the ear not hear, he who fashioned the eye not see? (Psalm 94:7-9)

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

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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