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Day 40 Revive me according to Your word

Do we ever feel disconnected from God on some mornings?

Do we ever feel like the day will go all “to pot” and that it is pretty worthless getting up and continuing with your day? Most of the time we do not see the full picture. Yesterday I reflected on how I wondered how God was going to save everyone. Part of me would like to be universalist where I believed everyone was going to be saved, but I just don’t know.

Our image of the world is blurred.

Like the picture, we only see a certain part of an image and we have not got the full image. We must simply trust in God no matter how bad things get and have confidence that He will come through for us.

Psalm 119

My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.

I certainly felt like I was clinging to the dust this morning, but as ever I kept to the routine and gradually life seemed to ebb its way back into my body. The day didn’t go that badly, in fact it went quite well, but I kept praying more often today.

When I am in times of distress I usually start to repeat prayers that I have learned. Jesus warns against repetitive prayers, but I don’t think He meant you shouldn’t learn some prayers and use them in times of stress.

Matthew 6:7

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Prayers told from the heart are not vain repetitions, they are heart felt. The prayer that always helps me is the prayer of St Francis. It reminds me that I should not be seeking things for myself but to be seeking to serve others.

Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy; 

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 
to be understood as to understand; 
to be loved as to love. 

For it is in giving that we receive; 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

with blessings

Graham

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