Affirmation Prayer Based on the Parables
by James Bennett
Let us meditate
the wonderful teaching stories of
Jesus's parables. Indeed, we are
deeply thankful for these
stories. Their beauty lies in large part
in their telling of everyday life among
common people. Although the stories
are set in an earlier time and
in a different culture, we know
they contain timeless messages
that we can apply in our own
May we embrace the
messages of these stories and apply them
everyday in our own lives.
May we read and reread these stories
until their teaching takes root in our
hearts and minds so that our thoughts,
feelings, and actions reflect the mind
of Christ. Indeed, may
the sower's seed find fertile soil
within our hearts.That is what
we desire most -- the pearl of great
value -- our full
realization of the coming of God's
kingdom within us. Amen.
These works portray
unique messages beyond being mere
Prodigal Son and
The Return of the
Prodigal Son by Rembrandt
Samaritan by Eugene
by James Tissot (1836-1902)
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A Poem by Louisa Mae Alcott
A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard I find the task
Of governing it well:
For passion tempts and troubles me,
A wayward will misleads,
And selfishness its shadow casts
On all my words and deeds.
How can I learn to rule myself,
To be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire
Of trying to be good?
How can I keep a sunny soul
To shine along life's way?
How can I tune my little heart
To sweetly sing all day?
Dear Father, help me with the love
That casteth out my fear;
Teach me to lean on Thee, and feel
That Thou art very near:
That no temptation is unseen,
No childish grief too small,
Since Thou, with patience infinite,
Dost soothe and comfort all.
I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win:
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.
Be Thou my guide until I find
Led by a tender hand,
Thy happy kingdom in myself,
And dare to take command.
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