Spirituality

Daily Prayer - week commencing 18th September 2017 

 

 

 

 

Presence

The more we call on God
the more we can feel God's presence.
Day by day we are drawn closer
to the loving heart of God.

Freedom

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Lord,
so that I may have inner freedom.
Let your Spirit instil in my heart
a desire to know and love you more each day.
 
Consciousness

Life is busy Lord
Often my best intentions are left undone.
But I know that you are with me in all I say and do,
And in everyone I meet with daily.

The Word of God     Luke 7:11-17
Soon afterwards Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and "God has looked favourably on his people!" This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
Some thoughts on today's scripture

Jesus performed this miracle not because he was asked to, but simply because he felt compassion for this widow. I let my gaze rest on this encounter, as I ask for knowing Jesus better so that I can love him and behave as he did in the face of human suffering, even of people I do not personally know.
I recall merciful persons I know, whose mercy and concern for others have touched my life. I too glorify God for their presence among us, as clear signs of his favour towards us, motives for hope and trust in a world that often looks so callous.

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
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.