Daily Bread August 30

Cheryl Davis of Fairbanks, AK, USA

The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid and don’t worry. -Deuteronomy 31:8

“I just wish that God would give me the CliffsNotes,” my son said when we were waiting for doctors to diagnose his illness. Four or five months into testing, we still had no answers; and the stress was beginning to take a toll on the family. Fortunately, fervent prayer, a strong faith, and a close family would bring him through a full nine months of waiting and testing before a definitive diagnosis was given.

CliffsNotes-how often do we ask God to give us the short version of what is to come? If only God would show us the path. If only God would give us a hint, a vision, a miracle. Yet in my own life, God seldom works this way. Rather, God weeps with me in my pain, comforts me in my despair, walks with me through the storm, and carries me when I am too tired to go on. And I grow. I grow not only in my understanding of God’s wonderful compassion and love; I grow in my personal relationships and my understanding of God’sworkings in my life.

We would still like the CliffsNotes as my son battles his condition, but we trust that God will continue to carry us through the months to come.

(CliffsNotes are student study guides that summarize literary works and other writing to help students quickly grasp the plot and other important concepts in a particular work.)

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

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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