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A Harmony Pastor Feedback: NIGHT PRAYER: Sunday 10/30

On Sundays, Night time Prayer will give attention to a component from the day’s celebration of Mass: tonight, the Lord’s phrases in right now’s gospel, addressed to Zacchaeus, a person of brief peak who had climbed a tree to get a greater view of Jesus…                    

            “Zacchaeus, come down shortly, 

                    for right now I need to keep at your own home.” 


Once I search for myself on this story, Lord,

    my first thought is that I do not usually sufficient

        strive like Zacchaeus to see you extra clearly…


So I can hear you calling out to me,

    “Come down out of your excessive horse

        and are available nearer – I am right here, proper by your facet…”


Or maybe  you are saying,

    “Step out from the shadows and into my mild:

        I am going to present you the best way to the peace you are looking for…”


Or may these be your phrases, Lord?

    “Come over to my facet and go away behind

        the individuals and issues which can be holding you again…”


After which, there’s that urgency, clear in your voice,  

    “Come down!  Come shortly! Come now!”

I do know I waste time, that I delay you off;

I postpone prayer for no purpose in any respect;

I hustle and rush for silly issues;

I am gradual to reply once you whisper my title

and nonetheless you name out, 

      “Come down!  Come shortly! Come now!

           I will not waste your time – I promise!

           I am ready for you, at all times on the lookout for you

           and I wait in persistence – even once I say,

                Come down!  Come shortly! Come now!” 


And also you need to meet me – the place

    In my home? Why not at church? 

    Proper the place I’m?  A bit too shut!

    In my coronary heart? how ’bout my thoughts?

    In my soul? That is non-public area!

    Right here and now? How ’bout tomorrow?

    You are at my door? I hear you knocking!

    Allow you to in?  Have I a selection?

Sure… you are at all times at my door

    and I usually hear you knocking,

calling out my title

    in my ideas and coronary heart and soul,

    in my on a regular basis existence, 

    in each place I’m going

it is you who follows me, Lord,

    not the opposite approach round,

it is you who’s at all times calling,

    “Come down – and are available down shortly! 

        Come now – I am right here for you!”

Assist me give up, Lord!

Assist me hand over, give in, give approach

    to how you’re at all times trying,

    with persistence ever looking out,

    and day by day drawing nearer

        for a greater view of me…


Defend me, Lord, whereas I am awake

and watch over me whereas I sleep

that awake, I would maintain watch with you

and asleep, relaxation in your peace…




It wasn’t straightforward discovering music for this Night time Prayer.  Just about

all songs regarding the Zacchaeus story are written for very

younger kids.  The piece I selected combines the motion of

Jesus into Jericho and in to Zacchaeus’ life and ours – with 

the liberty he brings once we welcome him into the properties

of our hearts… 


Freedom Is Coming Conventional South African 







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