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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-11

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

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

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Prophetic voices ring out in every age and in strange places. Many are not heard, being readily dismissed. Often they proclaim profound messages that inspire life. We are blessed to know you Lord, give us ears that are more attuned to the word you declare to us that it may find a home in us, nourishing us and guiding us in our following of you.
  • We are called to hear the word and put it into action. It has to be incarnated in life (for example, see James 1:22-25 and Mathew 7:24-27 where it is likened to building on rock). Listening and forgetting or ignoring the word means missing the opportunity. God’s word is fruitful. We pray that we may be like Mary who prayed ‘let it be done to me according to your word’ (Luke 1:38).

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

Conclusion

Thank God for His gift of love
As you go forth with joy and hope
To serve His people.

Amen

Prayer for peace:

Following days of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis called on Christians around the world to fast and pray for peace in Eastern Europe this coming Ash Wednesday.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace, I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace protect the world from the folly of war.” Pope Francis, 25/02/2022

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