Daily Bread Feb. 10

Deconstructing the Wesleyan Quadrilateral
By Charles Patterson Curry of Apple Valley, MN, USA

“…who do you say I am?” —Mark 8:29 NRSV

consider tidy reason

display only that which can be articulated

the certainty of formulae
demotes unsettled issues

to the spaces between factors
where questions grow

or follow
written word down dusty steps

past fragrant paper in cracked
leather-bound books

ancient narratives
stitched together

grey clay tablets

meanings fragmented, fluid

or heft tradition

heavy from time
brittle from practice

repetition met with nothing
resembles agreement

but does not quell the
whispering from shadows

let the questions drive you
let unlanguagable light
break in, lift out

(though they are ever drawn back
to the unfinished present
“the massive heart
of the present ”)

let them   push you   forward
again and again:
the interrogative
that will not un-ask itself

Prayer Phrase

God is with us.

Invitation to Spiritual Practice

Holy Attention

Ordinary time is a season for awakening to God’s presence in all the details and circumstances of our everyday, ordinary lives. Wherever you are, pay attention to your surroundings. Allow yourself to be fully present for a time with whatever is before you. Where do you sense God with you right now exactly where you are?

How does today’s poem invite you to discover God in the realities of your everyday life?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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