Daily Bread July 08

Grace Finds a Way
By Karen Anne Smith of Ludington, MI, USA

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. -1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The young man is severely autistic and mute. He needs constant supervision and care. What does he bring to the world? He teaches us unconditional love as we join together to take care of him. If we are especially blessed that day, we may get a gentle hug from him, including pats on the back. Grace is given freely.

His brother is also autistic, though very intelligent and articulate. He has the gift of prayer that often enriches worship services and brings healing ministry to those who hurt. Grace frees giftedness.

The blind man played guitar until he could play no more. The guitar blended with organ music in a way that touched our hearts as we sang hymns of thanksgiving. Grace touches all.

The elderly lady, now shut in and unable to get around, knits prayer shawls for the critically ill. Grace finds a way.

Everyone has something they can do. No matter how limited you may think you are, God has given you a gift that can make a difference, a gift that can bring you joy and fulfillment. Let God help you discover the ministry you can offer to your community. Grace leads the way.

Prayer Phrase

“Awake, my soul!” (Psalm 57:8 NRSV)

Spiritual Practice

The Prayer of the Heart

Early Christian disciples desired to take seriously the scripture mandate to pray “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The prayer of the heart invites us to pray “continuously” by repeating and returning to a prayer phrase planted for intentional reflection and deepening. Choose a word or phrase (from scripture, hymnody, or personal reflection) that has meaning for you. The Jesus Prayer is one form of the prayer of the heart: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” (Luke 18:35-43). Invite this simple phrase to repeat in your heart throughout the day, awakening your soul to God’s presence.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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