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O God, fill me with hope, direction, motivation, and love. Send me in your name. I seek to do your will, and with your grace I will bring peace where it is most needed. Triune God, be with me each moment of this day. Through the saving grace of Jesus’ Resurrection, renew my relationship with you and with those around me. Nurture in me a vision of new life in you.

Keep us from temptation, and deliver us from evil. Help us want to love You, and in turn, to be disgusted by unholy acts.

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‘Driven to God by his power; drawn to him by his beauty.’

God of love and mercy, your Son, Jesus, came so that we might know the depth of your love for us. Help me to seek your mercy and forgiveness, confident of your love. Help me to always make room for your light to shine in my darkness. Thank you always for answering my prayers according to your great love. Continue to grant me your inspiration to do your good work.

Yet must I, Lord, to thee complain,
The world hath made thy offers vain,
Too busy, or too happy they,
They will not, Lord, thy call obey.

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Jesus stands ready to care for us. We can always count on the Good Shepherd to lay down his life on our behalf.

What kind of care do I need from the Good Shepherd today? I need You to care for those who will not care for themselves, as I stand, watching, helpless. I need also Your guidance to new pastures.

In what ways has Jesus been a Good Shepherd for me or those I love? You have always given me what I needed, even when I didn’t know I needed it.

Jesus, thank you for keeping vigil over me and caring for my needs. Teach me to care for others as you care for me.

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In a world of broken promises, what does it mean to me to know that God’s love and presence are eternal? Such comfortable words! And not only to me, but to all else who are his creation.

Intimate and loving God, draw me continually closer to you and remain with me forever. Let me mirror your love and acceptance to all.

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God’s love surrounds us today with the same intensity as it did on that very first day of Creation.

How aware am I that I live because God’s continuing love upholds me? Not very. I take a lot of things for granted.

Loving and gracious God, thank you for the goodness that surrounds us. Open my eyes to contemplate all that you have made for us to enjoy. God, Creator of all that is, help me be a person who reflects your goodness to others, especially to those who are most in need of a sign of your love and kindness. Open my eyes to the depths of your love for me, even as I am afraid of periods of testing and trial. Lead me gently to righteousness.

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Jesus, who from the Cross forgave those who caused his death, calls us to love one another in spite of our human failings. He asks for an authenticity that requires us to reconcile with others before we present ourselves to the Father in worship. Because what separates us from one another truly separates us from God.

Open my heart to show my love for you by how I treat others. I commit to you the frustrations of ministry, trusting that You are molding me to be a person of patience and peace.

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Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

You chose me, Lord, and I accept. Help me start up the road and come into your long-waiting embrace.

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  • Haven’t we all betrayed Jesus, at some point? We are too quick to vilify and condemn Judas when we should take a good look at ourselves. Daily.
  • Judas asking, Surely not I, what’s the point of that? Was he hoping that Jesus did not know what he had done?
  • ‘Grieved and agitated’ — the state of our Lord in the face of impending suffering and separation from the Father
  • Was Judas unaffected by the blessing and giving of bread and cup?
  • Jesus still called him friend!(?)
  • Would the Father have indeed sent the legions of angels if Jesus had to go in this way?
  • What did Pilates’ wife dream about? She already called him innocent!
  • ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ — Beautiful irony
  • ‘And the last deception will be worse than the first.’ Who is really deceiving who here?

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The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Abba Father, you meet the needs of all creation. Be with me today and help me to be a sign of your love to others. Thank you for looking at me and seeing inherent worth. Thank you for taking care of all my worries and needs, even though I sometimes choose to hold onto them. Give me the grace to see the places in my life most in need of your healing touch so that I may be made whole.

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