Daily Bread April 24

The Promise of Resurrection
Esther Steward of West Des Moines, IA, USA

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. -Luke 6:35-36

I joyfully attended Community of Christ services and activities almost every week in my youth. The small group of families in my city gathered in homes at times, rented a Red Cross building briefly, and later rented classrooms at a nearby university. It was a wonderful group that felt like extended family to me!

My parents divorced in my teen years, and I didn’t attend church as regularly. As a young adult I drifted further from the church. I gave the excuse time and time again that I was just too busy to attend as I had a young family, traveled across the state to work during the week, and played catch up at home on the weekends while my husband worked a second job. I always prayed, but felt disconnected from the church and a church family.

Years later my family moved, and I prayed about returning to church. I felt a strong call to draw nearer to God through study and worship and to volunteer wherever I was needed. I have been overjoyed that God would through Jesus Christ forgive my sinful ways, renew my spirit and passion, and welcome me back to church-reconciled and eagerly invited to serve in ministry! Through the mercy, forgiveness, unconditional love and grace of God, I was able to make this journey and find my true passion-serving others!

I returned to Community of Christ and took part in the Lord’s Supper after many years without it. Through the sacrament of Communion I have felt God’s healing power and reconciliation. Through this sacrament I realized my covenant with God had been renewed, and I had truly experienced the promise of resurrection!

Prayer Phrase

“Every breath is a resurrection” (Gregory Orr).

Spiritual Practice

Breath of Life

Take a few moments right now to breathe. Simply observe each inhale and exhale. Pay attention to how it feels in your body. Notice the rise and fall of your chest. Notice how you breathe even when you aren’t thinking about it, how your body instinctively knows how to keep you alive without your thought or effort. In this moment, you are alive. Receive this awareness as an expression of divine grace. In joy or despair, loss or celebration, your body continues breathing. How is your breath a resurrection this day?

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