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Faith Daily | 10 May 2021


PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER SIX APBA p514


Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant that we may walk in his way,

rejoice in his truth,

and share his risen life;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen



GOSPEL for the Day: John 15: 26-27; 16: 1-4


26”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.


16 ”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.


GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Cheryl Courtice


As I read Angela Back’s beautiful reflection, in Prayer Daily 4.5.21, she wrote about “the warmly matter-of-fact companionable Spirit” and how “Knowing makes a difference”, I was reminded of the many quotes that suggest that “Everything you need is already inside.”


How often I look outside myself for the answer, often after ruminating for hours, when by engaging the Spirit within me I could be much more effective. I am very fond of the quote:


“Between stimulus and response, there is a space.

In that space lies our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor E. Frankl


because this advice is life changing.


If I can press the pause button during the “space”, often a very short space if we are talking about anything chocolate, and engage the Spirit within, then the fruits of the Spirit, which Jonathan Kemp demonstrated so cleverly last Sunday in a way that might actually help me remember them, could be mine more consistently.


Thanks be to God!



FINAL PRAYER: Pia Perhio, Finland


Touch me, God’s Spirit eternal,

touch me, resplendent Light;

give my life new meaning,

show me the true and right.

Touch me, God’s Spirit, and soothe me

deep in my restless soul;

give me trust in Jesus,

heal me and make me whole.

Spirit of God, give me courage,

banish my doubts and fears;

show me my vocation

through all my days and years.

Spirit of God, brightly shining,

open my eyes to see

those who need my friendship –

join us in unity.

Touch me, God’s Spirit eternal,

teach me to thank and praise;

by your grace be near me,

guide me in all my ways.

Amen



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