Daily Bread November 12

Here I Am, Lord
Barbara Kernohan of Richmond, Ontario, Canada

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.  -Colossians 1:19-20

After a disappointing business meeting at church, filled with anger and resentment, I struggled to attend church the next Sunday. It was hard to focus on the service and to remember to put all my feelings behind me and focus on worshiping God.

Toward the end of the service while we were singing the closing hymn “Here I Am, Lord,” I heard a voice from the back staircase. It was my young grandson, Justin, coming up the stairs saying, “I love you, Grandma.”

If it weren’t for the words he spoke that day, I am sure I would be worshiping somewhere else. At the time, there was a storefront church in my neighborhood. I remember passing by it on a regular basis and a strange feeling came over me that if I entered, I wouldn’t be back at my own congregation. Fortunately, I didn’t.

There will always be something that comes up to say to me, “Why bother?” and I am reminded over and over again, that this is where I am called to be and serve.

Prayer Phrase

My ordinary life is a sacred place.

Spiritual Practice

Sacramental Living

“…our everyday ordinary lives are also sacred places, or put another way, the sacred place of our living. As dwellers within the Sacredness of Creation, there is potential to be aware and appreciate the holy within the ordinary. You may remember times when it felt like you were seeing the world through God’s eyes. That’s a good description for what it means to live sacramentally-to sense divine Spirit amid daily activities.” -Jane M. Gardner, “Sacramental Living,” September/October 2019 Herald, p. 5

How are you invited to live sacramentally today?

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