Daily Bread November 16

A Special Bond
Jean Cottle of Alta Loma, CA, USA

The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
    he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and rescues them;
    he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him. -Psalm 37:39-40 NRSV

Cheryl and I share a special bond. She lives with her husband and family several miles from me. We attend different Community of Christ congregations and only get in touch with each other on special occasions. I live alone on a tight budget. One month I spent some money unwisely and found myself nearly broke with expenses yet to pay.

To my surprise, I received a letter from Cheryl. She wrote, “While I was sleeping, I was awakened by our Heavenly Father. You were in need of money. I fell asleep, and then had a dream saying the same. I hope this helps. I love you, Cheryl.” She included a $100 bill!

When I received the letter and money from Cheryl, I was both humbled and amazed to realize that God was aware of my needs and loved me enough to do something about it! I was also thankful for Cheryl’s faith and trust in our Heavenly Father and her love for me.

Prayer Phrase

In God, I live and move and have my being.

Spiritual Practice

Breathing in the Spaces

When you move into different spaces throughout your day, consciously place yourself in the new setting with a desire to be alert to God’s presence. Over time, simply taking a deliberate breath will remind you that you are in God’s presence and that you want to be alert to God’s purposes in that setting. When entering the different spaces in your day (workplace, a colleague’s office, a restaurant or place of business, school or places where people meet) pause and take a deliberate breath. When returning home, pause to take a breath. As you take a deep breath, breathe in the goodness of the profound presence and purposes of God in each place you find yourself. Allow yourself to be drawn to people who may be blessed in simple ways by you being aware of them as persons of worth. -adapted from missionalleaders.org

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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