Daily Bread May 19

Someone Is Always Watching
Dianna Vanderkarr of Flushing, MI, USA

 “Those who desire life
    and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
    and their lips from speaking deceit;
let them turn away from evil and do good;
    let them seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” -1 Peter 3:10-12

When Craig and I moved in 2014 to our new place, we made an effort to meet our new neighbors. We have elderly couples in our neighborhood and some who are single. We have made sure that certain driveways are taken care of during the winter. Our neighbor next to us (Marty) is a single lady, so we make sure her driveway is always cleared. She notices and always thanks us with a Christmas gift. Linda, who lives across the street, lost her husband this past December. She has no close family in the area, so make sure to connect with her every couple of days. She calls to see if we can take her to doctor appointments, the drug store, or other things, which we are happy to do.

Kelly is another single lady we have come to know. We have been given the opportunity to share our faith with her. Once she was in need spiritually and asked for the laying on of hands. Another evangelist and I offered that sacrament to her. A few years ago, she lost a pet that was, in essence, her child. Now Kelly has a new puppy named Maverick. In this last year Kelly and Maverick have spent a lot of time with us. We sat out on the back porch during the summer and listened to Kelly share her concerns. She now calls us the therapy house for her and Maverick, and she knows she can blow off steam and we will listen. She has had many struggles this last year with her job, not to mention the struggle with a puppy who wants to play in our yard but needs training.

One day as we were chatting, she mentioned the candle she sees every morning through the window of my office. I mentioned that is my meditation time, and I always use a candle. She said she feels connected with me in spirit and that we are in meditation together every morning. I was taken back a bit, not having given any thought to someone seeing my candle burning. So, we never know who is watching, but someone is always watching. I rejoice knowing that I can share the love of Jesus Christ through the window with a candle.

Prayer Phrase

In God we all belong.

Spiritual Practice

Sustaining Our Connections

Many find themselves isolated around the world to protect each other and the most vulnerable during this global pandemic. Spend time prayerfully imagining those people that you might normally come into contact with on a regular basis, known and unknown. Remember all the connections that sustain our lives each day. Even in this time of intentional separation, how are you experiencing deep, intrinsic belonging in God?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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