Daily Bread July 16

I Saw What I Have Seen
John Bonney of Springfield, OR, USA


The Temple is an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being… -Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a

I saw the moon, much reduced as it transitioned from a full everything to a dwindling little. I saw Venus nearby, or so it seemed from the perspective of Earth. Within the pre-dawn light of my reflecting headlamp, I saw the silvery web of a spider suspended within a bush by strands of netted tethers. It was adorned in the finest of gleaming jewelry, droplets of nighttime moisture that had gathered to celebrate the spider’s masterful construction.

I saw a young cat-a black-and-white longhair-rolling and writhing in the dry gutter. The rough texture of the concrete paving soothed her itch. She reveled in the sensation of having her back scratched, her underside exposed to a world she thought to be non-threatening. She accepted me as non-threatening also.

I saw caterpillars on the sidewalk. Fat, woolly bears with black and orange bands, scootching along in rippling fashion. I heard geese flying overhead, chatting as they winged their way onward. The sound of their voices is forever haunting, wild, and lovely.

I saw people leaving early for work. As each vehicle passes, I wave. Many recognize me by now and wave back, and many do not. “What is that old fellow doing out walking at this time of day? Why it’s not even day; it’s still night!”

I saw the impending light of day, barely discernible at the edge of recognition. Children are leaving for school via bus or parents’ cars, mothers often tending them, caring for each child as they enter the vehicle.

My eyes lift once more toward the southeast to take another look at Sirius-beautiful in our sky and to our eyes, but, in fact, detrimental to this carbon-based human form. Still and yet, a wonderfully glittering blue-white jewel in the heavens, two stars in one.

I saw creation and was brought to tears of recognition. And this earth! This is a wonderful patch on God’s robe of heaven and all that fills it. Thanks be to God.

Prayer Phrase

“Your mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23, adapted).

Spiritual Practice

Ordinary Time is a season for noticing the details of life that make up its substance. This month, we invite you to pay attention with each fresh morning to the gift of being alive. Before getting out of bed, take a few deep breaths and notice what it feels like to wake up in your own body. Engage the tasks of your unfolding day with reverence-brushing your teeth, making the bed, pouring the coffee, tending the kids, feeding the animals, making breakfast, etc. Notice the presence of the Holy in every ordinary thing. Embrace your daily routines with sacramental significance. Notice how long you can do this before your attention is taken away, and commit to returning to this simple awareness as gently and often as you can.

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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