Day 5 – Friday 22nd January

“You have already been pruned by the word …”  (John 15:3)

Deuteronomy 30:11-20   The word of God is very close to you

Matthew 5:1-12                 Blessed are you

Meditation

The word of God is very close to us. It is a blessing and a promise of happiness. If we open our hearts, God speaks to us and patiently transforms what is dying in us. He removes that which prevents the growth of real life, just as the vine grower prunes the vine.

Regularly meditating on a Biblical text, alone or in a group, changes our outlook. Many Christians pray the Beatitudes every day. The Beatitudes reveal to us a happiness that is hidden in that which is unfulfilled, a happiness that lies beyond suffering: blessed are those who, touched by the Spirit, no longer  hold back their tears but let them flow and thus receive consolation. As they discover the wellspring hidden within their inner landscape, the hunger for justice, and the thirst to engage with others for a world of peace, grows in them.

We are constantly called to renew our commitment to life, through our thoughts and actions. There are times when we already taste, here and now, the blessing that will be fulfilled at the end of time.

“Pray and work that God may reign. Throughout your day let the word of God breathe life into work and rest. Maintain inner silence in all things so as to dwell in Christ. Be filled with the spirit of the Beatitudes, joy, simplicity, mercy.”  (These words are recited daily by the Sisters of the Grandchamp Community)

We pray for

Dundee Lane URC.

St Andrew’s Church, Ramsbottom.

Those who need transformation, who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Healing and comfort for those who are ill with Covid—19 and for those who mourn.

We pray together

Blessed are you, God our Father,

for the gift of your word in Holy Scripture.

Blessed are you for its transforming power.

Help us choose life and guide us by your Spirit,

so that we can experience the

happiness which you want so much to share with us.

Amen

 Question

What does it mean to you that “God may reign in your life”? Is there anything you could change or adjust?

Go and do

Read the Beatitudes through slowly (Matthew 5:3-10). Which of the actions described in the passage are you encouraged to take today?