Centering Prayer & Devotional – Sept. 8 , 2021

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Heavenly Father, You have called us to a life of humility. We know we are to subject ourselves daily to the love and authority of Jesus Christ. And yet, we cannot accomplish this subjection of self in our own strength. Furthermore, we confess that humility often seems like a negative weakness to us. Forgive us for our ongoing misunderstandings of Your grace, and cleanse us from our determination to do things our own way. Help us to trust Your greater plan for reaching the world. May we walk confidently in Your way and live life to the fullest. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer of The Day:

Dear Father in heaven, how shall we thank you for all you give to us, your children, for the great wisdom and power you hold in readiness for us if we are childlike? We want to be glad in your presence. We do not want to weep and complain, though tears often threaten to come. We simply want to ask you to protect us, your children. Protect all your children on earth. Let the pain that breaks over them be taken away, for the sake of the whole world. Even when we must follow a hard road, let all the suffering we endure become part of the fight that brings in the kingdom of heaven, bringing your purpose to the earth and great mercy to the peoples, bringing to all the world the wonderful forgiveness that enables men to be reborn, until at last all are called your children. Sustain us. Help us. Bless us. May the Savior always live among us, reviving and strengthening us in body and soul. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION:

DAILY MEDITATION: MATTHEW 1:1-16, 18-23

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said. (Matthew 1:22)

When you watch a movie for the second time, you tend to pick up on details you missed at first. But you also risk losing any sense of surprise since you already know how it ends. Something similar might happen when you read today’s Gospel. As we celebrate Mary’s birth today, we already know how her story will end. But let’s delve into the details to imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt as they learned about the special role God had for them.

Mary was “greatly troubled” and questioned the archangel about whether this was possible (Luke 1:29). When Joseph heard that she was pregnant, he decided to divorce her quietly (Matthew 1:19). Their actions hardly resound with confidence! All they could see were the scandalous risks involved with choosing to go forward. Joseph risked his reputation if he married a woman who carried somebody else’s child. Mary jeopardized not only her chance of a good marriage but her very life as well. Yet both said yes and did what God was asking of them.

If Joseph and Mary had been able to see how their choices would affect the world, would it have been easier for them to say yes to God? Probably. But that makes it all the more remarkable; they made their choices in the dark, without knowing how everything would turn out.

Think about all the times you have said yes to the Lord in your life without knowing how the story would end. In some situations, maybe you still followed him eagerly. But at other times, when you were in the “darkness” of suffering or loneliness or confusion, it may have been much harder.

Mary and Joseph were human, and like us, their understanding of what God would do through them was limited. But they went forward in trust, and God used them powerfully in his plan of salvation. In the same way, every time we say yes to God, we can trust that his plans for us are always bigger—and better—than our own.

“Lord, help me respond to you with the same trust that Mary and Joseph showed.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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