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Daily Prayer - 2018-12-14

Presence

Dear Lord help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my thoughts with your peace, your love.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Matthew 11:16-19

Jesus spoke to the crowds "But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The children in this passage are annoyed with their playmates who do not “play the game”. Have many of the tragedies in this world arise out of our certainties? Do I show rigidity in any aspect of my faith? Do I need to let go of being right?
  • John fasted in the desert; Jesus ate and drank in company. As Ecclesiastes said, there is a time for everything, and God “has made everything beautiful in its time”. Lord, give me the wisdom to engage in the right activity at the right time, and to give myself wholeheartedly to the activity of the moment.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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