Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, ”Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
God of all days, blessings and praise to you, on this cold dry Mwandi morning
As the winter sun’s golden light casts gum-tree shadows on the piebald sand.
Beside the Zambezi with its wide water, silver dunes and narrow waterways,
White cattle egrets and mewing fish eagles shall be glad
The reeds, the rising riverbank and flat island pastures, the velvet bush and scarlet bougainvillea shall rejoice and blossom.
We give thanks for this moment’s bliss and awe in the beauty of your creation
And the perspective brought to our life in this gift of solitude with you at the start of the day.
For our brothers and sisters we will meet today with all their diverse needs we commit them all to you. The Aids patient, the widow, the orphan, the destitute, the oppressed, victims of violence, injustice and exploitation, the rejected and marginalized.
Let your presence in us support them, let them know they are loved and treasured as we are.
Sweeten our bitterness, soften our hard hearts and guide us in our confusion.
Help us to encourage the sick and to comfort the dying and broken-hearted.
Help us to be bringers of laughter and joy, compassion and forgiveness.
To share food, clothes, medicine, money, trust, friendship and knowledge and stir that new growth of love within us so we are blessed by those we bless.
We thank you for our call to Mission and praise you for the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By Keith & Ida Waddell