21 Days of Seeking God – Day 11

By on 25/05/2017

Daily Video

Daily Rosary Recording


Daily Reflection

God is our Consolation

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation,

who consoles us in all our affliction,

so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction

with the consolation

with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

My heart grieves this evening for those who have been killed and wounded in Manchester.

 

When we think about tragedy and loss, as much as we might want to say, very little can actually speak to the sadness we feel on an individual level.

 

As Christians, however, we believe that God loves us personally and deeply. We believe that God grieves with us, mourning our loss as only his complete love can.

 

We know that our God does not remain distant, but loved us so much that he gave us his only son. Christ took on all the weakness and pain of humanity. He too, wept at the loss of his friend Lazarus. He gave himself on the cross that we might rejoice.

 

When our hearts break, when we cannot make sense of what has happened, in times of grief and loss, it is important to come together before our loving God. As individuals and as a community of faith – whether that be hundreds of students or two close friends – we can hold one another up in faith and hope and console each other at this tragic time.

 

The world needs God and God is with us always.

 

PRAYER

Oh God, heal those who have been wounded, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Comfort and heal those who were spared injury and death. Give them strength and hope for tomorrow.

Loving Christ, be present with family and friends who are grieving. Give them strength and keep them from the temptation of becoming bitter and hate filled. Loving Christ, be with the community of Manchester.

Oh, Holy Spirit, move among us. Inspire us to love. Move us to grace and mercy. Help us to be compassionate. Stir us to acts of justice. Help us to be very present with all those who are hurting, grieved, and hopeless.

Almighty God, in the midst of this tragedy, help us to be your light.

AMEN


4 comments on “21 Days of Seeking God – Day 11

  1. I have so much enjoyed this session of FINDING GOD ,it came in a time in my life when I needed prayers to help me through another journey in my life where ill health has chellenged to have more faith in GOD. The same time the MANCHESTER tragedy and all people that has lost loved young people is more on need of our prayers . Thank you to BRUCE DOWNES AND HIS TEAM . Let’s all pray for MANCHESTER .?AMEN .

  2. Thank you Bruce,
    for your kind and caring words.
    The Manchester tragedy, reminds us, yet again; how, in an instant, our lives can alter.
    How quickly we can shift…….
    from laughter to tears,
    happiness to sadness,
    safety to fear.
    What won’t alter is our solidarity, …
    our unity, to ‘come together’ …….
    strangers helping strangers, risking lives, to help those in need.
    Yes, Bruce I too believe God was there, weeping at the unrest and brokenness, in our once peaceful life.
    The inability to live together, as one.

    God bless those who lost family members, and friends.
    For those who were injured, physically and emotionally, our heartfelt prayers.
    May they receive ongoing support,
    care and healing.

    Together, let us pray for the restoration of calm, faith, peace, and love.
    As we come together in prayer,
    may we feel God’s presence, empower and uplift us.
    May courage,
    faith and hope, be our guiding light.

    You remain in our heart and prayers, Manchester.

  3. Thank you to bruce, his family and the team at catholicguy. May all prayers of the world for the people of manchester n others place thats been effected by terrorism, my all our prayers be united n be a powerful force of love, mercy and compassion n forgiveness that out weighs this evil, may our united prayers reach heaven and god the father, the son n spirit come down among his people, healing, comforting, embrace each person with peace n grace. May we reach out to our extended god family of manchester n the like to let them know we are with them, we are the body of christ, we are gods people and we will not be shaken but conquer this evil, by faith hope and love. Peace be with us all, blessings of grace n peace flow from heaven. Amen.

  4. Loving Father God,how much it must grieve you to see such pain, violence and hatred continue among us, how senseless and cruel are these acts of murder robbing people of life, sacred given to us by You. You must know exactly how the loved ones are feeling after their tragic loss in Manchester as you saw the unjust, brutal treatment and death of Your only beloved Son by those You had created. Our only consolation is that You will give us this grace of everlasting life You gave to Jesus where there will be no more pain, suffering, violence and death. Only Your peace, joy and love. Wrap Your loving arms around those who are grieving Lord reassure them of the hope that their loved ones may be with You in Heaven. I ask this prayer Loving Father in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit,amen.

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