Daily Bread February 21

A Still Center
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin of Walnut Creek, CA, USA

God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people. -Doctrine and Covenants Section 163:11a

The blessing is this:
That you may rest into God’s presence
That a still center will open within you
As a reservoir in movement times
As the source of movement when it calls

That the center will be

That when you feel clumsy
Or awkward
Or unsteady
Or uncertain
It will hold fast within you

As courage
As strength

That it will be the word you speak
That you didn’t know you could summon
That it will be a surprise reserve,
The “more” sometimes required
When everything else feels emptied

That it will be the constant flow
Beneath your surface,
A well that never runs dry
That it will beckon you inward
And impel you outward
That it will be the place
Where you find
The One
Who is the source
Of your life

Prayer Phrase

I surrender into your love.

Spiritual Practice

Centering Prayer

Set a timer for 20 minutes. (If that feels like too much at first, choose a time that will be comfortable for you as a starting place, committing to expand that time in future prayer.) Allow the rhythm of your breath to draw you deeper and deeper into silence. As you breathe, claim one sacred word (Christ, peace, grace, trust, etc.) emerging in you as an anchor to return you to the intention of your prayer when your thoughts begin to wander. Gently release the thoughts and images that come, making space for presence to the One who is with you here and now. Release, return, “be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:10b).

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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