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The Daily Word: November 20

The Daily Word: November 20

Praise     

Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up)
Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!]

We greet the new day by praising the Creator.

Opening:

I begin this day with joy:
God is good.

Scripture

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’

-Luke 19:1-10 NRSV

Meditation

When have I felt lost in my life? When did I experience Jesus seeking me?

Prayer

Holy Creator, help me to embrace this day with open arms and to share your good gifts with gladness and generosity. Amen.

Going Out

I begin this day with joy:
God is good.

References:
1Daily prayer for all seasons. (2014). New York, N.Y.: Church Publishing.

2. http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/

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