Daily Bread January 16

That Which was Lost
Julie Conway Sword of Gainesville, FL, USA

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. -2 Corinthians 13:11

Luke 15:3-32 (IV) presents the climax of the story of the Lost Son in these words: “…his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”

Now, in my upper 80s in age, I often lose things. Recently, while putting on my mask to answer the front door, my left hearing aid became entangled in the left band of my mask. Later, I checked to make sure I had reattached that hearing aid. But, no, it was gone, lost. As usual when I lose things, I began to pray, “Lord, you know where it is. Show me that I might recover it.” In just a day of searching, praying, looking, I spied my hearing aid lying on my front doormat. What joy I experienced in answered prayer-my recovered hearing aid!

Similarly, when our 16-year-old daughter left home, my husband and I prayed for her safe return. In my heart, I knew that she had been warmly loved and taught; so she had a foundation to which she could return. After several months of praying and waiting, like a prodigal son, she “came to herself,” phoned us, and returned home. We experienced joy beyond words as we welcomed her back into our family with open arms. She worked then to obtain her GED, complete a nine-month business course, and find employment. Later, she attended college night classes, worked as a computer programmer, and raised two wonderful daughters.

God knows our needs, our concerns. When our hearts are broken, God’s heart is broken. When a lost child is found, there is great joy in heaven, and God rejoices with us!

Now, during this pandemic, I feel a sense of loss in past connections. Life has changed and we’re living during a transition time. However, just as I awoke Sunday morning, the Lord continued to cheer us on. These words from the second stanza of “We Thank You, O God, For a Prophet” CCS 180 were on my lips, “…there is hope smiling brightly before us, and we know that your kingdom is near.”

Prayer Phrase

“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240

Spiritual Practice

The Light of God

Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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