May 18, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for May 18, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Dying With Grateful Hearts”

When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God breathing in us. The Greek word for “spirit” is pneuma, which means “breath.” We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it.

The Spirit of God is like our breath. God’s spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a “spiritual life.” It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray, “Come, Holy Spirit, come.”

The World Council of Churches has placed a number of COVID-related prayers on its website, written by Christians from all over the world. Today’s comes from Rev. John Wesley Oldham of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

We pray to God, whom some call Mystery, beyond all definition, that:
When in the midst of uncertainty —may we know faith. When in the midst of anxiety —may we know serenity. When in the midst of stress —may we know calm. When in the midst of fear —may we know trust. When in the midst of bewilderment —may we know assurance. When in the midst of confusion —may we know confidence. When in the midst of pandemic —may know peace.
When in the midst of whatever —may we know love. Amen.

More from Cuyler Black…

Today’s links! it to the Germans to make social distancing fun. this Fed Ex driver’s doggy daycare closed, he decided to take along his two dachshunds on the route with him—and dress them for the part. the Kansas City Zoo and Art Museum are both closed, they decided to give penguins a chance to appreciate fine art. quarantining together just a bit too much marital togetherness for you? Then consider this couple (and their 2 dogs) who live in a 267-square-foot tiny home on wheels that features a luxury sauna. Take a look at this hilarious video Erika Picciolo about the realities of quarantine life with the family.

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Stay safe and stay well!