Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 (NRSV)

My home was quiet after the kids went to school. I sat at my kitchen table to eat breakfast. I was thinking about my to-do list when I heard a lot of birds singing outside my window. The piney woods of East Texas are home to hundreds of species of birds. From my kitchen window, I saw bluebirds, cardinals and eastern towhee freely grazing. There was a freedom about the way the birds moved. The levity and beauty of their movement filled my heart with joy. 

As the birds flew away, I remembered Jesus’ words of care and courage in Matthew 6. The Bible teaches us that God cares for the birds and He cares for us. I thought about my cares for the day and I found courage as I started to pray. 

Prayer can be a lot of things:  monologues, Christmas lists, and even formulas. That morning, I learned that prayer can also be a witness to Christ. Witnesses testify of what they see. Christ is the Anointed One sent from God be our wonderful Savior. As I prayed that day, I told God of all the goodness I saw Him do around me. The sight and sound of birds reminded me that I am a person of value and He cares for me. This practice brings much hope. My tendency to be a woman of little faith is changed when I pray with this perspective in mind: God is at work all around me. I can recognize it and tell God about it as a witness in prayer. Where do you see Christ the Anointed One at work right now in your life?

Thought for the day:

God is at work all around me. How can prayer be a witness to Christ? 

Prayer: Creator God, you never cease to amaze us. Help us to see you at work and find trust in you. Amen.