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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-17

Presence

Lord, you are always there
waiting for me. 
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.

Freedom

Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

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

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to 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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