Daily Bread February 27

Don Wiley of Murrieta, CA, USA

Listen to the testimonies of those responding generously. Follow your soul’s yearning to come home to God’s grace and generosity. Let gratitude show you the way. -Doctrine and Covenants 165:2b

Since before I can remember
there has been a yearning
a desire
a hope
a seeking
something out there (or in there)
that needs to be found
just something.

At times it seems close
and other times very distant
almost disappears
but always there
even when I don’t pay attention.

At first it would surprise me
like dejxc3xa0 vu or awe
Then it causes me to search
not sure what for
but search nonetheless
Seeking answers to questions yet unknown
never feeling satisfied
yet knowing
there is something to be found.

Then there is an experience
that provides a glimpse of the unknown
and I think I’ve found it!
Tears and jubilation express the joy of growth and

yet the little bit of light and hope
soon is overshadowed by life
and complexity
and doubt.

Study and practice slowly
very slowly
lead to more glimpses
more “aha’s”
and more awareness that what is to be found
is much, much greater
than this moment or this finding.
The glimpses are becomings
evidences of openness
and emptinesses
that are part of the process
of becoming who I am called to be.
A glimpse occurs when trust peaks
trust in the unknown
leads to faith
and some knowingness.

Part of the process is accepting the limitations of this moment,
not being focused on limitations,
but accepting them (naming them)
and taking another step-
into the unknown.
Study and practice
in openness and receptivity to take another step…
until you reach through the veil

Prayer Phrase

I surrender into your love.

Spiritual Practice

Centering Prayer

Set a timer for 20 minutes. (If that feels like too much at first, choose a time that will be comfortable for you as a starting place, committing to expand that time in future prayer.) Allow the rhythm of your breath to draw you deeper and deeper into silence. As you breathe, claim one sacred word (Christ, peace, grace, trust, etc.) emerging in you as an anchor to return you to the intention of your prayer when your thoughts begin to wander. Gently release the thoughts and images that come, making space for presence to the One who is with you here and now. Release, return, “be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:10b).

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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