Daily Bread December 31

Questions for a Year’s End
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin of Independence, MO, USA


For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” -Romans 10:12-13

When, this past year, did I find myself captured by wonder?
What took my breath away in awe?
When did I find myself surprised by divine grace?

When, this past year, did I find my heart broken?
When did it break into pieces and when did it break open into deeper love?
How is it with my heart as I approach these final hours of this year?

What contradictions did I hold? What tensions ignited within me?
When did I experience the most growth?
When did I find myself retreating into the comfortable and familiar?

Whose presence has shaped and formed me this year?
What connections have sustained me?
What relationships call for my attention now that are in need of reconciliation, resolution, or tending?

When was I most aware of God’s presence?
When did I feel most alive, in the flow of the energy of that good Spirit?
What does that Spirit invite me to see now with greater clarity that I could not have seen a year ago today?

What did I think would happen that didn’t?
What happened that I never could have planned?
When did it bring devastation, and when did I taste delight?

If I were to summarize the fullness of all that has happened in this year to the me of the past, what would I say?
If God were to be speaking just one word to me about all that has transpired, what word would I receive?
How, now, do I stand on the threshold of yet another year, this wild gift of sacred life?

Prayer Phrase

“Trust what is being born.”

Spiritual Practice

Jesus, the Peaceful One

We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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