Daily Bread December 31

Called to Live into the Future
Dick Hahn of Sandia Park, NM, USA

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:12-17

Isaiah spoke of the peaceable kingdom to come-“the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). We remember the church seal with just the one word, PEACE, on it.

Being church includes a rich heritage. We are not called, however, to dwell in the past. As witnesses of God’s goodness, we are called to envision the future and live on “the point of human history”-between the “no longer” and the “not yet.”

Take a moment and think of all of your blessings received since childhood. Remember and cherish them. But at the start of a new year, let’s move on with these blessings into a new future.

We cannot go back and witness. We must not dwell in the past. We live out the mission initiatives today, pointing toward the future. We are called to be witnesses every new day of every new year.

Our Lord Jesus rarely spoke about yesterday, but he did say, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34). This may be his way of saying: Be in mission today and every day. We cannot go back to yesterday, nor live in the future. Today is the ministry opportunity that deserves our focus.

Prayer Phrase

God with us.

Spiritual Practice

Take time each day in this season to notice what feels most alive in you. Spend some time holding the feeling, and ask what it may be trying to tell you about the Spirit at work in your life. Notice what it may be forming in you. Pay attention to where it may lead. How can what is most life-giving reveal the presence and invitation of God in and around us.

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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