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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-17

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Lord you gave me life and the gift of freedom.
Through your love I exist in this world.
May I never take the gift of life for granted.
May I always respect the right to life of others.

Consciousness

Lord, you gave me the night to rest in sleep.
In my waking hours may I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God

John 14:1-6

Jesus said to the disciples, 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • It is utterly astounding, that the night before he will be executed in horrific brutal fashion, Jesus is comforting and consoling his friends: 'do not let your hearts be troubled'! Who is consoling him? To the very end he continues to trust in the power and love of the Father.
  • There is something almost homely about the image of the rooms in my Father's house, with Jesus getting our accommodation ready and then coming back to escort us to the house. Note that he is still performing the role of servant, looking after important guests.
  • The words of Jesus are a source of consolation at funerals. It speaks powerfully to our fear of death, 'the undiscovered country', where we are all in the dark. Jesus, the Light, guides us on the most fearful and unknown journey of all.

Conversation

The gift of speech is a wonderful gift.
May I use this gift with kindness.
May I be slow to utter harsh words,
hurtful words, and words spoken in anger.

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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