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Saturday, February 14, 2015

joy, saturday

Saturday, February 14

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: Our Father, giver of all gifts, You love and choose us, your least ones.  Increase our humility so that we might rejoice in the generosity of Your love and be mindful that the good in us comes from You, Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life, now and forever.  Amen.

                                                                           ~Macrina Wiederkehr
Scripture Reading for the Day: James 1:2-12

Reading for Reflection:
Joy ignores suffering or laughs at it or even exploits it to purify itself of its greatest obstacle, selfishness. (Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton)

Joyful persons do not necessarily make jokes, laugh, or even smile.  They are not people with an optimistic outlook on life who always revitalize the seriousness of a moment or event.  No, joyful persons see with open eyes the hard reality of human existence and at the same time are not imprisoned by it.  They have no illusion about the evil powers that roam around, "looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8), but they also know that death has no final power.  They suffer with those who suffer, yet they do not hold on to suffering; they point beyond it to an everlasting peace. (Lifesigns by Henri J.M. Nouwen)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself    
Closing Prayer: Lord, we shout with joy for your goodness today.  Remind us that you are the Sovereign of the earth and that you alone are worthy of our praise.  Gather us to you and let the entire world know the peace of your reign.  Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John Mogabgab)

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