Today's "Daily Bread" from St. David's

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Daily Bread

"Teach me, my God & King
In all things, thee to see
And what I do in anything
To do it, as for thee."

- George Herbert
17th Century English priest and poet

Last week, as we finished out our series of devotions based upon the small stained glass windows of St. David's, I asked for your thoughts about a new theme to try, ... and a lot of good ideas came in.  Too many in fact.  I found myself struggling to figure out how to choose.  Then I remembered something a pastor friend of mine does for his Children's Sermons - he asks the children to each bring in a random object from home, ... he places them all into a big bag, ... he then pulls one out, ... and then proceeds to share some spiritual message the object evokes.  My friend reports that while the kids enjoy playing "Stump the Pastor," he's been impressed and inspired by how the Holy Spirit can move and work and help us see how God can speak to us through anything. I thought I'd like to try and adapt this idea to our "Daily Bread" devotions, so I'm asking everyone to send in pictures of anything - scenes from nature, ... works of fine art, ... meaningful items in your life, ... ordinary objects around your house, ... ANYTHING.  We'll compile all the submissions, and then try to come up with a spiritual message that the photo evokes. This makes me think of George Costanza from "Seinfeld" where he pitched to TV executives a "show about nothing," but where each episode is based on the crazy and ordinary conversations and occurrences of our everyday lives.  Likewise, I see these devotions being about NOTHING in particular, but rather seeing how God can speak to us through ANYTHING ... and EVERYTHING.So send me your photos by text (347 649-5282) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  I'm planning on taking the rest of the week off from writing to give me a break, as well as to start compiling the photos, and I hope to start this new series next week.  But we can't do it without your help, so send in your photos, ... try to "Stump the Pastor," ... and let's see what the Holy Spirit can come up with.

-- Pastor Micah


Daily Song

***  Click on the image to the left to hear the song.

When things get crazy in life, it can sometimes be hard to remember that God is still there and in control. With illness and death rates from COVID-19 rising, and countless people losing their jobs, their businesses, and their normal ways of life, its easy to feel that we’re on our own right now. As if that stability that we always felt before has gone, maybe never to return. And that’s when I, at least, have to remind myself that God is still there, everywhere, all the time. My grandmother had a plaque hanging in her house when I was growing up that always fascinated me, and I read it every time I passed by. I’m sure you might have seen it before, but the quote on it went something like this:“The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."Even as a child, that quote resonated strongly with me, letting me know that even when I felt like I was alone, when I could only see one set of footprints in the sand, that God was there with me, but carrying me through the rough times instead. I try to remind myself of that every day now, every time I see something beautiful, no matter how small, like the sun pouring in through my windows when I open the blinds in the morning, or dogs playing in the park, or a little kid riding down the sidewalk on his bicycle singing a song seemingly without a care in the world – even while wearing a mask. God is everywhere, and in everything, even in the little things we don’t always notice. And in times like these, that’s a pretty important thing to remember.So along those lines, today I am offering up a song that might be a little off the beaten path, but definitely speaks to the idea that God is in everything and even in seemingly nothing at all. “Everything” is an inspirational track from the Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac, and it has always managed to pick me up when I’m feeling a little down or discouraged. I hope his words and the infectious rhythm of the song lift your spirits, and remind you today and every day that God is in everything, if we just try hard enough to see it. 



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