Daily Bread January 04

Keep Stepping
Deb Crowley of Urbandale, IA, USA

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. -Romans 15:5-7

Twenty-plus seniors gather every day for circuit training or chair yoga. Much too easy for young folks, but for old bones, the pace is just right!

There is a different instructor each day. Normally, as they take us through the stretches, marches, weights, and bands, they mirror the action which makes it quite easy to keep up. If the instruction is to “March right,” they march to their left and so on.

Until we had a new, young, healthy looking yoga instructor. When she shouted, “Go right,” she marched to her right which was our left! It was a bit disconcerting. Do we follow the command or the action? It was interesting to notice that the majority of the class followed her body language rather than the verbal instructions.

The old adage to “do what I say, not what I do” came to mind. How easy it is to follow another’s actions and ignore instructions that come from a place of wisdom or experience. Isn’t it wonderful to have the example of Jesus to follow? His actions and instructions were always in sync. No confusion; clear example; clear message.

It isn’t always easy following instructions to lift the weights over our heads a dozen times or do a flurry of knee bends; but we’re always cautioned to take it at our own pace, listen to our bodies so we can build up strength and endurance. Similarly, Jesus is very patient. The Divine gets us! Young, old, healthy, or with bodies that don’t function 100 percent, as we continue fighting the good fight, strengthening our spiritual muscles, we become a force for good in our broken world. The vision set before is seemingly impossible, but we are told that, “God delights in each faithful step taken.” Keep stepping!

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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