Daily Bread June 24

Sometimes the Spirit
By Brenda O’Dell of Kearney, MO, USA

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. -1Timothy 2:1-2 NRSV

Sometimes the Spirit visits me
Like a warm, embracing friend
Breathing calm into my soul
Reassuring, reaffirming
Reminding me whose I am.

Sometimes the Spirit whispers
In soft, insistent tones
Calling gently, urging me on
Filling me with sacred yearnings
And nostalgia for my true home.

Sometimes the Spirit whacks me
Full on in the face
Heavensent two-by-four
To teach me something new
Or wake me up to grace.

Sometimes the Spirit calls out loud
Strong and clear, breaks my heart
Alerting me to loss and pain
Tragedies of brothers and sisters
Who cry for release, for healing to start.

Sometimes the Spirit fills me so
It bubbles up within
Uncontainable joy shimmers through,
My heart so full it will surely burst
If I do not dance or cry or sing.

Sometimes the Spirit pervades a space
So thick and still and true
Shining down in tender love
Eddies of light on which souls float
Unafraid to stretch and grow anew.

Prayer Phrase

I dwell in your presence.

Spiritual Practice

Prayer of Examen

Spend a few moments recalling your day. Let details, events, and conversations drift through your memory. Offer gratitude for the day and pray to be aware of how God was present. What did you notice or feel that brought meaning? Pay attention to moments when you felt least in harmony with God’s vision for creation. Offer a prayer of confession. Pay attention to moments when you felt most in harmony with God’s vision for creation. Pray to be even more aware of and responsive to God’s presence in the days ahead. Amen.

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