Wayward Child

Friday, January 31

Photo by Cindy Korf

Photo by Cindy Korf

By Cindy L. Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand…knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…

—Romans 5:1–4

On my morning walk, I was pouring out my fears and problems in prayer. I confessed I felt like a wayward child who had made a muddle of recent events. I ended my prayer by thanking God for listening to my ramblings and for understanding my heart.

Through the Spirit, I prayed for faith to see what “creation” or solution could be made from this world of my waywardness. It was then that I saw two trees in front of me, causing me to smile and burst into laughter. The barren trees looked as though they were dancing, with limbs going in different directions, saying, “See, even when a limb (or child) goes wayward, we still grow and go on.”

Like those trees that have branches that go wayward, the tree still lives and grows, and so do we even with our own mishaps. Through faith, we can have confidence that we can become all God created us to be.

Prayer for Peace
May we grow in your grace, God, and endure as we grow ever closer to you. May we form into disciples who share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will not let one wrong choice discourage me from having faith.

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1 Comment

  1. Kathy Badder

     /  31 January 2014

    Would it be possible to view all of the Daily Bread for the year (2014) and not just the past or present day of?


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