Daily Bread January 20

Love One Another
Melvin Crowley of Urbandale, IA, USA

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; …mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable. -Psalm 37:7a, 37

When I was in the second grade my family moved from California to Georgia. I knew about the Civil War but didn’t think much about it. It had happened so long ago. Curiously the favorite game children played in my new home was “Yankee vs. Rebel.” The game consisted of the designated Yankee running and the rest of the group chasing him or her. What a joy it must have been to not have to take turns now that they had a real “Yankee” to chase. And I did my part as a terrific “Yankee”!

I never felt they were being malicious or that they held it against me, but since then, I have wondered about the subtle prejudice embedded in that game.

We don’t always think of ourselves as prejudiced, but a word, a look, a snarky comment often dehumanizes groups of people. For whatever reason persons or groups become scapegoats. It’s said that our country is a melting pot for nationalities. Perhaps it is better described as a crucible where so many are tested by fire as they fight for equality, justice, and acceptance.

The point is how subtly prejudices pass on from generation to generation. This prevents healing in our society, our country, our heart. Despite our shortsightedness, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. And, according to Jesus, love of one another is not an option.

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).

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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