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Daily Prayer - 2018-12-14

Presence

The more we call on the Lord
the more we can feel his Presence.
Day by day he draws us closer
to his loving heart.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

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

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.

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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