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Daily Prayer - 2018-12-18

Presence

Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

We all need to take time out from our daily chores.
We know that our bodies need a rest.
When we come into your presence, Lord,
our hearts and minds are refreshed, our spirits lifted.

The Word of God

Matthew 1:18-24

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 'Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel', which means, 'God is with us.' When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The “Emmanuel” prophecy was given by Isaiah to King Ahaz 700 years before the birth of Jesus. It was a message of hope in a time of fear, but Ahaz chose to ignore it. Here, Joseph reverses the sin of Ahaz; he hears God’s message and embraces it, allowing the fulfilment of the prophecy to take place. How do I listen for God’s messages in my life?
  • The word of God came to people in many different ways throughout the Old Testament. Joseph’s response stands out. He neither questions nor objects. He goes immediately and does precisely what he has been asked to do - in an act of wholly transformative faith and obedience. How far out of my comfort zone am I prepared to let discipleship lead me?

Conversation

Your own words, Lord, taught me how to pray.
The beautiful “Our Father”,
contains all I would wish to say.

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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