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Daily prayer and meditation for Life in the Spirit - 2

Life in the Spirit continues.  Here is the second set of daily meditations and Bible verses for study and contemplation through the week.

Day 1: We find ourselves in a world with some real problems: inequality, racism, exploitation.  In others and in ourselves we see depression, anxiety, boredom, suspicion, and hate.  God didn't create the world this way.  God promised...

"They will reshape their swords into harvest-tools and nations shall not raise a weapon against another nation.  I will gather them all and bring them together."      Micah 4:1

Day 2: There are many human plans that promise to save us and the world.  Power, money, beauty, possessions.  God says...

"As high as the sky is above the earth, so high are my ways above yours and my thoughts above your thoughts."   Isaiah 55:9

Day 3: We need more than human ideas and power  We need the power of God's transforming love, because even evil can seem more powerful than us.  God says...

"It's not against human enemies where the real struggle is, but against the power of evil in the world."   Ephesians 6:12

Day 4:  Jesus shows us the way to freedom by his teaching and example.  He also tells us that God wants abundant life for us.

"Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been here my brother wouldn't have died, but I know that God will grant you what you ask.'  Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life...whoever believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?'  'Yes, Lord,' she said, 'I believe you are Christ, God's Son, the one who has come into the world.'"  John 11:21

Day 5:  By dying and rising Jesus shows us that self-emptying is the path to freedom and new life.

"By his wounds we are healed."  Isaiah 53:4

Day 6: The resurrection of Jesus reveals God's power over the darkness in our lives and even over the finality of death.  God can give you a whole new life, if you're willing to name what you need to let go of.  

"God has taken us out of the power of darkness, where we gain freedom and forgiveness."   Colossians 1:13-1

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Daily prayer and meditation for Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit, St. Mary's 7-week seminar began last Sunday.  Here are a series of daily meditations and Bible verses (for memorization?) designed to carry you through the week, in the Spirit's love.

Day 1:  God is not someone who lives far away in a place you can never reach.  Nor is God a heavenly warden, eager to punish you for doing wrong.  God is a parent who loves you.  God says to you...

"I have loved you with an everlasting love."  Jeremiah 31:3

Day 2: You can know God and how much God loves you.  God wants to be in a personal relationship with you and wants you to be God's beloved child, with no barrier or distance between you.  God promises...

"I will be their God and they shall be my people...and they shall all know me, both the greatest and the least."  Jeremiah 31:33

Day 3: God loves you.  God who created the universe, making all things out of nothing, loves you.  God wants to care for you and give you a better life.  God promises...

"I myself will pasture my sheep.  I myself will show them where to rest.  I will heal the weak and guard the strong.  I will be a true shepherd to them."   Ezekiel 34:14

Day 4: Because God loves us, Jesus came to show us the way to new life, a better life now, and a life that will last into eternity.  For...

"God loves us so much that he sent Jesus, so that nobody should perish, but have eternal life."  John 3:16

Day 5: If you wish to know God and have divine life that is offered, you can.  Just turn to God.  Reach out.  God invites you....

"I know the plans I have for you: plans for peace and not disaster.  I am reserving a future full of hope for you.  When  you call on me I will answer you.  When you pray, I will listen.  When you seek me, you will find me."  Jeremiah 29:11

Day 6: Sometimes God seems so far away.  Sometimes it even seems like we can never reach God.  But God is not far away.  God is very close to you and right now, God is trying to show himself to you in a fuller way than every before.  God promises...

"I am near to all who call upon me, to all who call upon me with sincere honesty."  Psalm 145: 18

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