Daily Bread July 19

Opportunities to Deepen, Stretch, and Grow
Stephen M. Veazey, President of Community of Christ

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult…
“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:1-3, 10

What is the greatest challenge facing the church? Let’s reframe the question: “What great opportunities are resident in the challenges facing the church?”

Within disruptive cultural and religious trends are many opportunities to be guided by the Holy Spirit as we reimagine ministry and church life for a new day. This essentially requires continuous discernment because of the accelerating rate of change.

Financial challenges create the opportunity to examine our relationship to money and to work together to discover additional capacity to meet both budget necessities and mission priorities.

Differences around morality issues are an opportunity to refine our common-consent-making skills as a diverse worldwide faith community that seeks to understand varied perspectives before deciding.

Continuing to explore what it means to be a church that pursues peace with a Temple dedicated to the pursuit of peace in violence-prone societies will birth new insights into Jesus’ message and vision for our lives.

Yes, we have many opportunities to deepen, stretch, and grow ourselves and this beloved church community. What we do with those opportunities this week and in the years ahead will reveal where we are on our journey of discerning, discovering, and living our identity as Community of Christ!

(Excerpt from “Discover Living Water,” World Conference 2019 Sermon https://www.cofchrist.org/common/cms/documents/World-Conference/Veazey-Sermon-SundayPM.pdf)

Prayer Phrase

I belong with all that lives.

Spiritual Practice

Deep Belonging

Take a deep breath and pay attention to the web of relationships that sustain your life right now. Remember the people who have formed you. Consider the nourishing food and drink that come to you from the planet. Notice all the lives that touched everything that surrounds you. Offer a prayer of gratitude for connection and belonging with God and all creation.

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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