Daily Bread June 02

By Barbara Carter, Council of Twelve Apostles

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable. -Psalm 37:37 NRSV

Leaf falling, leaving the tree naked.
  The hint of new color illuminating tree branches.
A sphere of dandelion seeds blowing through the air.
   Yellow flowers peeking up in unexpected places.
Squash left in the vegetable garden, unharvested.
   A curly vine, growing rapidly in warm, spring soil.

Words spoken in haste, piercing the tender soul.
   Words intently whispered, salve to the wound.
A voice loud with anger.
   A sigh too deep for words.
The piercing look that buries a voice.
   The leaning forward in anticipation of spoken treasures.

A cold heart, beating through pain and sorrow.
   A smile, spreading warmth into the dark recesses of the soul.
Shattered faith of what was once held dear.
   The sacred story inspires new visions.
A life lived.
   Continues in another.

Prayer Phrase

Spirit, now live in me.

Spiritual Practice

Breathe deeply and enter a few minutes of silence. Be attentive to where you sense new life emerging in you. Search your memories of the previous day. When did you notice the sacredness of life in surprising places or forms in the world around you?

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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