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Daily Prayer - 2018-12-14

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of Your presence

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

Lord you have called me ‘the light of the world’.
Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve,
The hungry and the homeless,
The sick and the destitute,
The stranger and the refugee.

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

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

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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