Daily Bread May 22

The Guide
Grace Andrews of Independence, MO, USA

“If our lives are centered in the Spirit, let us be guided by the Spirit.” -Galatians 5:25 (JB Phillips version)

We make multiple decisions every day. Some are easy-like, should I get up in the morning or lie in bed? Should I eat breakfast? Should I feed the cat (or dog)? Some are more difficult-like, how can I divide my time between the mundane and the sacred? What do I need to do today that will be of worth? Some are major-like, should I share my life with this one or wait for someone else? Should I quit this job and look for another position? How will I know if I should retire now, or later?

And further, while driving to work, which road should I take? Yogi Berra once said, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Such a fork in the road occurred many years ago as we traveled with our family. Back then, GPS was not even a glimmer in the sky. We had only usually outdated maps for guides. We knew our destination, but with poorly marked roads, when we came to a Y, we faced a dilemma-which way to go? Once because we lacked knowledge and experience, we turned the wrong way. Our faithful GPS of today would have immediately “recalculated.” We, therefore, ended up miles and miles in the wrong direction before realizing we had made a huge error. To our frustration, we had no choice but to return to that point and begin again in the right direction. The result-we were very late to an important event.

Life is like that. We don’t always know which way is the right way. If we listen for our personal “GPS” -God’s Precious Spirit-which is always available to direct us, we will absolutely be led in the right way. As I look back over my life, I am overwhelmed to see the many, many times the Spirit has helped me choose one path over another.

If I tune my spiritual hearing to the Holy Spirit of truth which is promised to walk along beside, direct, encourage, strengthen, teach, warn, remind, and guide, I will find myself safely at Home.

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

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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