Daily Bread Feb. 26

Messed Up
By Vera Entwistle of Eugene, OR, USA

The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. —Psalm 7:8, 17 NRSV

I love to bake. When I am in an organized mood, I take a moment to put on my apron. I take out all the ingredients and utensils I will need and line them up on my kitchen counter. Often, as I review my ingredients, I realize I have enough for two pies! What a bonus!

My baking goes smoothly, and I clean up as I go. While the pies are in the oven, I make a cup of tea and enjoy the aroma permeating my kitchen. So far…so good.

On my unorganized days, I just want to get things done in a hurry. I don’t take time to don my apron or line up my ingredients and utensils. I end up with flour on my clothes, on the refrigerator door, and on cupboard and drawer handles as I carelessly grab for something else I need.

The result may be the same tasty goodies, but then I have to take more time to clean up the mess I made.

It occurs to me that my life is like this. When I stop to think through scheduled tasks or possible confrontations, I can often find a hidden bonus. By preparing ahead with a prayer for a patient heart, I can avoid making a mess of friendships. Some of the problems I cause by lack of preparation, however, are far more difficult to clean up. I realize my impatience has caused me to miss opportunities to reflect on a job well done.

Prayer for Peace

Grant me patience, Lord; I need it now!

Spiritual Practice: Fragrance

Remember or find a way to experience a fragrance you enjoy (fresh flowers, candle, fresh bread, pine trees, sea air, spices). Ask God to help you discern a situation which calls you to bring reconciliation and healing. Pray that you might spread the peace of Christ as fragrantly and generously as the aroma you now experience.

Peace Covenant

Today, God, I will prepare for the day with prayer.

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