Lord God, forgive me if I have been untruthful towards the people at home or at work. Show me how to apologise where my failing has hurt someone or damaged their reputation or integrity. Where possible help me to compensate them. Grant me your pardon. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord, I pray for doctors who have to disclose to patients the results of tests indicating they only have a short while to live. Help them to be truthful, caring and sensitive. Help those patients to be strong and courageous, and loving towards their loved ones. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord may this day become a day lived to your glory and honour. Help me to remember your loving kindness down all the previous years of my life. Help me to concentrate on Jesus, to radiate his love, to know his truth, to live as a disciple of his should, and to introduce others to him. AMEN.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Mark 10:14 NIV
“What was it about the child that Jesus liked and valued so much?
(i) There is the child’s humility. There is the child who is an exhibitionist, but such a child is rare. Ordinarily the child is embarrassed by prominence and publicity. He has not yet learned to discover the importance of himself. (ii) There is the child’s obedience. True, a child is sometimes disobedient, but, paradox though it may seem, a child’s natural instinct is to obey. The child has not yet learned the pride and the false independence which separates a man from his fellow men and from God. (iii) There is the child’s trust. That is seen in two things. (a) It is seen in the child’s acceptance of authority. There is a time when the child thinks that his father knows everything and is always right. To our shame he soon grows out of that. But instinctively the child realizes his own ignorance and his own helplessness and trusts the one who, as he thinks, knows. (b) It is seen in the child’s confidence in other people. It is the unique fact about a child that he does not expect any person to be a bad person. The child will make friends with a perfect stranger…The child has not yet learned to suspect the world. (iv) The child has a short memory. He has not yet learnt to bear grudges and nourish bitterness. When wronged he does not need to forgive, for he has forgotten. Indeed, of such is the Kingdom of God” (W. Barclay, The Gospel of Mark, p251).
Lord, help me to be more child-like.
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