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Saturday, February 28, 2015

gathering, saturday

Saturday, February 28

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: O Lord our God, help us to be faithful to gather what you have provided for our hearts and souls this day—that we may feed on you and live.  In the name of Jesus, the bread of life.  Amen.
Scripture Reading for the Day: Isaiah 61:1-11

Reading for Reflection:
     Through prayer our daily work becomes wrapped up in the heart of God’s compassionate love.  Just as Jesus was broken and given on the cross to feed our desperate souls, through work we are broken and given in order to feed and serve others.
     A wise person once said that there are three kinds of givers in this old world:  the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb.  To get a flint to give, you have to hammer at it and then it only yields sparks.  Sponges you must squeeze, or else you get nothing.  But the honeycomb drips its own sweetness.  (Beginning Contemplative Prayer by Kathryn Hermes)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself    
Closing Prayer: Loving Father, teach me to love and care for those that need you today.  Those who are passed over and do not feel love unless I love them for you.  May Christ's love for others be felt through me today.  In your name and by your power I pray these things.  Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Michael Benson and Bob Benson)

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