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Daily Prayer - 2021-05-05

Presence

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

Freedom

Everything has the potential to draw forth from me a fuller love and life.
Yet my desires are often fixed, caught, on illusions of fulfillment.
I ask that God, through my freedom may orchestrate my desires
in a vibrant loving melody rich in harmony.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 15:1-8

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus refers repeatedly to bearing fruit, and that is what following him is all about. The branch that bears fruit is pruned, and pruning is always painful, it seems that parts of us are being torn away with violence, and we look and feel as dead. Yet the pruning is an act of trust, for the pruned branch will bear abundant fruit. I look back at the pruning moments in my life and see how true this is. I ask Jesus to be at my side when I am being pruned.
  • The Father himself is the vine-grower. Fruit trees are wonderful things, but they need great care and understanding of what is going on in them at every moment. The Father, the all-knowing and all-powerful is the one who takes care of me, and his pride and glory, like every farmer, is that I bear abundant fruit. I stay with this image of the Father as the one tending my life, and I feel my heart fill with trust and gratitude.

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.

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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