Daily Bread May 26

Blessed to Be a Blessing
Joann Condit of Phoenix, AZ, USA

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:8-9

We enjoy our neighbors down the street. Eilene admits cheerfully that she is the queen of thrift shopping, and their house has been furnished by her frugal methods. She has a clever eye that sees the potential of repurposing items others have discarded, and the results are delightful. Bob can fix anything, and he does it happily. They are generous and kind friends.

Eilene was in a thrift store one day and saw a sofa and a recliner she really liked. She bought them both for a total of $45. Bob was a trifle tight-lipped when she asked him to go pick them up; and indeed, about the purchase itself. He pointed out that their cap on spending was fifty dollars without consulting each other. Well, she said, this was under fifty dollars. Bob said it was a change, and she should have talked to him. She said she understood, but the purchase had been made and would he pick it up.

Bob kept the old sofa in the garage for six weeks, asking neighbors up and down the street if they wanted it. No one did. Eilene asked him almost daily to take it to Goodwill.

When Bob finally unloaded it in front of Goodwill, a man from the adjoining bike shop came out to ask if he might take the sofa, and they carried it into his shop. The fellow was intensely grateful. He said his little daughter comes to work with him every day, and there was no place for her to sit or to take a nap. He thanked Bob once again.

When he told Eilene this sequence of events, she found herself in tears. First, their very minor tiff was resolved. More importantly, she said, she recognized this as a God thing. If Bob had taken it earlier in the day, the man may not have seen him. He had arrived at Goodwill just as the fellow was closing his shop for the day.

The four of us agreed that “coincidences” often resolve themselves into significant blessings for other people. We are united in our belief that to be a part of a blessing to others is always a blessing to ourselves. We are blessed to be a blessing. Words of wisdom, indeed.

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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