Daily Bread February 08

Louita Clothier of Lamoni, IA, USA

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. -1Timothy 2:1-2

In autumn the sky seems especially clear. On moonless nights I look out across Graceland University’s lake facing our home. The open night sky is full of bright stars. The Milky Way paints a path right over the top of our house. I can pick out the constellations I learned about in school.

In daytime the autumn sky seems near, almost as if I could touch the bright blue bowl just above the fluffy clouds. But in the nights it is unmistakable that the distances between me and the stars are huge, beyond comprehension. I look up at this grand view of the universe and feel thrilled at the spectacular display of countless heavenly bodies. In the presence of such majesty I feel very small and know the infinite power that created and sustains it all in such perfection is greater than my mind can fathom.

Yet my spirit disagrees with what my mind tries to grasp. As I gaze at the heavens, my spirit feels warmth and is assured without a doubt that the creator of this huge sky is very near and intimately cares for humanity. My mind cannot take in the vastness of the universe, but my heart senses that the sky and the earth and all creation were made in joy, beauty, and love.

How can it be? I can only call that MYSTERY.

Prayer Phrase

God is here today. (“Dios est\xc3\xa1 aqu\xc3\xad” CCS 150)

Spiritual Practice

Breathing in the Spirit

Find a comfortable but alert position and begin to breathe deeply. With each breath, feel yourself relax, releasing anything that feels constricting. Imagine that each breath is the wind of the Spirit moving through your being, stirring up what is most alive in you. Relax into the flow of the Spirit and notice what awareness or invitation emerges.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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