Daily Devotional for April 30

 

April 30                                                             Matthew 13:24-34


             Baking Bread


                           Together we worked the dough,
                        Her tiny hands roundly invisible
                             Under firm forgiving bread.
           Little wrists rising from a sculptured mound.
                                 I (grown-up) explained,
"It is the yeast that makes the bread bigger and bigger,
And yummy so that we will want to eat it and be strong."
     Open-eyed, she held my jaw in puttied gentle palms.
                         "I love you like yeast, Mommy."
                     A loving worship filled my soul and
                    I (aching) wondered how she so young
                       Knew completely what was only now
                                     Coming clear to me.


Dear Creator,
I must admit it's difficult for me to have the kind of faith that
I often see in people I admire. Your parables of mustard seed
and leaven make perfect sense, knowing as I do your generous
Spirit. It is my own little step toward you that I have such diffi-
culty taking. Although you have never failed to love me, there
is a part of my frightened, childish self that's always scared
to make the move. I ask for the freedom that would daily make
me as eager to seek you as a child running to meet a parent
at the end of a day.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.1989  

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