Daily Bread May 28

Encountering God
Jan Hill of New Brighton, MN, USA


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. -Romans 12:1-5

A four-year-old in our extended household had misbehaved at the dinner table and had been banished to the time-out chair in the living room. She had been told by her mother that whenever she was ready to mend her ways and be nice, she could come back to the table and eat with the rest of the family.

After an appropriate amount of time, her mother went into the living room to see how the girl was progressing with that. Evidently, during her time alone, she had been doing some deep thinking. She wrinkled up her forehead and said, “Well, who is this God anyway? Has anyone ever seen him?”

Her mother’s quick reply was, “Yes, every time I open my eyes.”

It is true. The scope of where we see God or where we encounter God is very broad, deep, and all inclusive. God meets us anywhere and anytime and sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

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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