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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-21

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God."
Lord, Your words lead us to the
calmness and greatness of Your Presence.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

The Word of God

Luke 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples, "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • A number of parables including this one from Luke, remind us that the Christian life is, on some level, a matter of conscious choice, of being awake and 'alert'.
  • The theologian Karl Barth has a lovely description of what salvation in Christ means: 'the prisoner has become the watchman'. Yes, the prisoner has been liberated; but he has only been liberated so that he can take his place in the watchtower, waiting for the return of the Messiah so that he can announce it.
  • The master will sit the servants down and wait on them - this is exactly what happens with the banquet laid out for us by the Father. In the story of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32) Jesus tells of a father anxiously waiting for his prodigal son, scanning the horizon for his return. The Father is alert, mindful of his beloved children; we are asked in turn to be mindful of our loving Father.

Conversation

Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
I think I might say "Thank You Lord" for always being there for me.
I know with certainty there were times when you carried me, Lord.
When it was through your strength I got through the dark times in my life.

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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