Daily Prayer - 2016-01-01
I pause for a moment
Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
To be conscious about something is to be aware of it. Dear Lord help me to remember that You gave me life. Thank you for the gift of life. Teach me to slow down, to be still and enjoy the pleasures created for me. To be aware of the beauty that surrounds me. The marvel of mountains, the calmness of lakes, the fragility of a flower petal. I need to remember that all these things come from you.
The Word of God
Some thoughts on today's scripture
What is stirring in me as I pray?
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
To start a new year how could I not share the word of the Lord with you? We had a beautiful Eucharistic service this morning, beginning a new year with the Lord. Whatever may come before us he already is there to meet us there. Yesterday I spent several hours with a man that sounded an orphanage in Mexico with his wife. I am bringing this up because we read today in the first Holy Scripture,"Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!" And I remember him saying that about a week or two ago he visited some indigenous people and the children in the barren landscape the mountains treacherous rocky road up the hills he was suddenly stopped by armed men, and this in a country where guns are illegal. He said he approached with caution as they approached him he said Dios los bendiga, which means may God bless you. They investigated what he was doing in the area and they let him through. He said he made his way up the rest of the way in a hurry a little nervous and the rocks he came over with his truck carrying all the gifts for the poor people in the mountains busted a hole in the oil pan and the vehicle lost all its oil. To the indigenous people and there found people that help him fix the oil pan and get back on his way. The man has story after story of how God provides and how he has only to go the way that the Lord says. I said as we ate breakfast together, I cannot believe you told them god bless you it must have been possibly a lifesaving moment for their souls. As a conversation continued I said you know I've seen that on one of your wall do you have pain today rainbow a sign of hope and of God's promise, and this means to me that you are not only a hope for these children these 57 children you are taking care of with your wife, but you are a hope for the community a light in the darkness you are doing much more than you think.
We pray the Psalms " may God bless us in His mercy". As we ask for blessings we are to be the blessings ourselves that we receive. I was talking to a brother that was helping the orphanage. On one of the text messages my brother Marcos asked how are the tires on the bus for the orphanage? I said I believe they may last 3 to 4 months and then they will be asking for help for tires. He said let me get a tire guy out there get me the tire size. By the time me and Fidel the orphanage man got there to the bus they were almost finished mounting tires and I was shocked to see that one of the inner dual tires was blown out, had they traveled with the tires it would have been possibly an accident for the poor man or worse the children they care so much for. When I pointed out the tire to the man and told him I am so happy we got new tires for you he said that is simply how God provides for us it goes to show you how he leaves his life, simply by faith.
"Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them."
The shepherds obeyed the angels of God. For us the angels appear even to the site of human beings. This morning after Mass I told Marcos what had transpired and he said believe it or not he was moved by the photo I had taken a Fidel next to the bus and the tires he had provided. The love of God was in his face the tears were coming up in the eyes and this comes from a burning heart of love. The man I speak to you about today I ask for prayers for all of them. Because it is a challenge to be a God fearing man, if you find one keep him tight in your prayers. And you too will go glorifying and praising God as these men are doing now. After the photo I was looking around the bus and I heard Fidel praising God and giving him thanks as if to say you are indeed marvelous and great oh God and I had only heard him sa "Gracias Dios!"
What they should be is a lesson for the love of God and as I told Fidel we Catholics live a life of Thanksgiving. Let this new year be a life of Thanksgiving to the Lord every single day. Forget about your diet if you are not dying to sin because what good is the body without the good soul? Let this be the year that you have surrender your life to God in all its glory and trouble happiness and trials. Let us give thanks and let it show, let it shine!