Daily Bread January 03

Water of Life
Ronald Heinze of Albuquerque, NM, USA

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
   Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! -Psalm 117

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

I am walking along the Rio Grande River about a half mile from where my brother Dave and I grew up, a place where Dave drew upon his spirituality and faith in God, a place I now go and find God’s peace and love.

As I walk on this beautiful fall day, I see many leaves on the ground but notice one cupped, golden leaf containing a little bit of water.

I think of it as water of life that will see nature through another season. In the spring the leaf, budded out, grew and became part of nature’s God-given beauty. Now it is fall; the leaves have turned golden and eventually fall to grace. A leaf now sustaining water of life, to give us time and hope that we will see spring again and all the beauty with which God blesses us.

Let us notice the God-given, godly nature of simple things!

Prayer Phrase

“May I open myself to change, to being guided by the Spirit; may I risk the unknown and live into the Mystery!” (Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying, 234)

Spiritual Practice

A New Beginning

Opportunities for new beginnings occur in each moment, day, or year. Even when we feel stuck, the Spirit is always offering an invitation to return to our deeper intention of living life fully with God, others, creation, and our truest selves. Pay attention at the opening of this new year to what feels like a fresh beginning in you. Where is the Spirit inviting you into a new possibility, awareness, or way of being?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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