Daily Bread Jan. 20

Courage, Courage, Courage: A Prayer
by Katie Harmon-McLaughlin of San Anselmo, CA, USA

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, —Ephesians 2:17–19 NRSV

With all these questions
And expectations
And distractions
I come to the threshold
Of your presence
Weary and enlivened
Standing on the edge of
Trembling with a
Do I dare enter in?
Do I dare set aside these
Safe preoccupations
To risk encounter
With the One
Who is the source of all?
Love so deep and pure
I ache even in nearness
Light so radiant
The path ahead is holy obscured
What will it mean
To get this close
To the mystery beyond imagination?
Courage Courage Courage
Is the
Give me the courage to seek you
In the invitations I’ve ignored
In the spaces I’ve neglected
In the deep wordlessness
Of prayer I don’t control
Courage Courage Courage
To follow
The yearning
That will change me

Prayer Phrase

May I see your light in all life.

Invitation to Spiritual Practice

Light of God

Close your eyes, and become centered with your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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