THE PRESENCE

Father God, your presence is light.
Light invades our consciousness.
We sense it, but we don’t always perceive it.
Father, you sent Jesus to enlighten us.
You gave us a book to light our way.
We light candles on the altar
to signify your presence.
We say, “Light dawns upon us,”
when we become enlightened.
Open our minds and hearts
to allow your presence within us. Amen

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life
.

1 John 1:15
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

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CHRISTIANS SHARE

Dear Lord, a book I was reading
told how early Christians
began caring for the poor.
It had not occurred to me
that it is our Christian heritage
that causes our government
to look after the poor.
Some countries ignore the needy.
Your love changes us
without our knowing it.
When we commit ourselves to you,
we want to share with others.

Acts 2:44-45
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.

 

TRANSFORMATION

O Lord, I saw one today: One of your miracles.
People I hadn’t seen for a while
are being transformed
by working very hard in your fields.
It was your power at work among those
I thought not worthy of you.
Forgive me, Lord.
I didn’t understand
what your love can do
in the lives of those
who serve you in others.
I saw the gold shine out
of what I thought was dross.
I am humbled Lord.
Your greatness is not of this world.
It is beyond comprehension.
I see how a mustard seed can become a tree.

Matthew 13:31b-32
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”