June 9

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Psalms 37:3 | KJV

There is one text that will take all the “supposes” out of a believer’s life, if it be received and acted on in childlike faith; it is Hebrews 13:5, 6: “Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

The eagle that soars in the upper air does not worry itself as to how it is to cross rivers. (Streams in the Desert)

Every day matters; our daily challenge is to choose what matters most. To be completely honest, that choice has changed for me over the years. I have often wrestled with the inclination to lose sight of the value of this moment while straining to predict the next and strategize accordingly. What I am learning as I enter my senior years is that if we knew what tomorrow held, we would faint at the task at hand. Grace is now and grace is here; grace is always present tense.

An author that I am just now getting to know has something helpful to say about this present tense narrative of grace: “To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger—these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir. Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is no need to complicate things by calling them holy. And yet these are the same activities that change lives, sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly, the way dripping water changes stone. In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking, bodily practices remind the willing that faith is a way of life” (Barbara Brown Taylor).

As long as my focus strays to later, I am slightly less inclined to relish this instant. I need deliverance from frenetic obsession with what is to come, and so I may embrace instead the breathing and feeling and thinking and seeing and knowing—right now. “Whoever you are, you are human. Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it” (Taylor). There is grace to be had in abundance when I allow myself to detect the weight of God in the mundane and ordinary. The moment I do, my soul takes flight.

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