Daily Bread August 14

Barbara Howard of Independence, MO, USA

Reprinted from Journey of Joy, Herald House, 1990

Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great. -1Timothy 3:16

In my reading, I came across the word bioluminescence. This word describes a marine phenomenon that occurs in a village on the south shore of Puerto Rico. Captains of charter boats tell the passengers to look astern at a specific time. The wake is brilliantly aglow.

“That radiance,” says the captain, “comes from thousands of protozoa. When one tiny protozoan comes in contact with another, the nerves of one trigger the light of the other. They can’t light up on their own. They have to touch one another to do it.”

The lesson was clear to me. What is true in marine life is also true in the lives of human beings. We can live alone and to ourselves if we wish, but we cannot light up. We have to touch others to do that. Often little things can touch others and “light up their lives”: a handshake, a smile, a hug. We must reach out to others to light this world of darkness.

Prayer Phrase

“In God’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10).

Spiritual Practice

All That Lives

Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all that lives. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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