Daily Bread August 07

Be a Moon
Nina Warriner of Bath, NY, USA

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. -2 Corinthians 3:18

I was driving home one mid-October evening. As I approached the top of a hill, I was met with the bold intensity of an almost-full moon that demanded my attention. I pulled my car over, turned off the engine, and rolled the window down, sensing the need to just sit, gaze, and take in this sight.

I couldn’t help but contemplate the glow of the moon. The sun itself was no longer visible having disappeared due to rotation of the earth. However, the moon was reflecting an incredible amount of that light (from 93 million miles away) and casting a glow bright enough to allow me to see the outline of the quiet world around me.

Many times the things of this world can overshadow the Light. Lives can feel as if they are in darkness. And yet, there is a moon. It reflects the sun when the light cannot be seen. We are called to reflect the light of the Son-to be the hands and feet and beating heart of Christ in this world; to bring light where there is darkness; to bear the fruits of hope, peace, and love to a wanting world.

The moon reflects the sun when it is overshadowed by the Earth.

Be a moon.

Reflect the Son.

Prayer Phrase

“… the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4).

Spiritual Practice

Breathing God’s Compassion

Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Imagine each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale, especially into places and situations in need of loving care. Give thanks to the Spirit, source of every breath, source of life.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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