Daily Bread November 04

Kathy Yoder of Emerson, NE, USA

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you, “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked  surround the righteous-therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. -Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:2-3

For the last several months they’ve been cutting into a country hill on my work route. On top of the hill the farmland is bursting with corn. Curious, I eventually learned that the people who own the land discovered they make a whole lot more money selling the dirt to the county doing road work than by planting crops. So that’s why they’ve been cutting into the hill.

Sometimes in life we start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else. That’s certainly the case with me. I started out to be an English professor and writer, became a photojournalist instead, and then went into the ministry, with a few more detours along the way. Not a usual route. Kind of like cutting into a hill that is designed for one purpose to serve another.

The key for me is that I’ve never done anything for the money. I’ve always let my heart lead me. As I got older and wiser, I asked the Lord to lead me. That’s when my straight roads took many turns and loop-de-loops. But I’ve learned something that Apostle Paul talks about in Philippians 4:12-14.

As Paul was thanking the Philippian church, he said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Christ who is in me, greater than I, can do anything, can bear anything, can overcome any circumstance, or can willingly submit, even to death.”

It’s the ability to be content in any situation. Part of that is being able to do all things through Christ. It doesn’t mean we have the strength or that all we want will be accomplished. It means to be content in all circumstances. If we can do that, we can have true peace.

Prayer Phrase

My ordinary life is a sacred place.

Spiritual Practice

Sacramental Living

“…our everyday ordinary lives are also sacred places, or put another way, the sacred place of our living. As dwellers within the Sacredness of Creation, there is potential to be aware and appreciate the holy within the ordinary. You may remember times when it felt like you were seeing the world through God’s eyes. That’s a good description for what it means to live sacramentally-to sense divine Spirit amid daily activities.” -Jane M. Gardner, “Sacramental Living,” September/October 2019 Herald, p. 5

How are you invited to live sacramentally today?

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