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December 5, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Scripture for Today

What are we waiting for?

My community has a set of short, pithy sayings called maxims that are meant to shape our spiritual life as individuals and as a community. One of them, Maxim 69, advises,

“Never think of tomorrow unless it has some necessary link with today, but entrust it entirely to Providence.”

Camino18In our competitive, get-ahead culture, that might seem like foolishness. So might generosity and choosing to live simply. So might basing your life on service rather than accumulation of wealth or status. Utter foolishness.

Unless…we stop waiting for some mythical day for this to become possible and instead just start gathering together and doing it. Some people have been living this way a long time. Religious communities. Small intentional communities. Kibbutzim, communes, some house churches and co-housing organizations. It’s not as weird, maybe, as it seems at first. Sometimes it doesn’t succeed. Sometimes it’s hard work, often, in fact. But sometimes it does. Sometimes it isn’t necessary to form a whole big commune or monastery. Just get some folks and figure out how to help and support each other by sharing what you have, whether that’s money, food, a lawn mower, car, certain skills, a room in your house, time to spend, or whatever.

What would it look like for you to entrust your life entirely to Providence?

Baya Clare

God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being,
come and show us how to love as you love.
God of the poor, consoler of the afflicted,
set captives free and comfort those who sorrow.
Desire of every human heart, in this season of giving,
help us to know again that you alone satisfy our longings.


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Photographs by Theresa Ruttger. Graphic design by Baya Clare CSJ. Before copying or using any text or images from this site, please contact bayathread(at)gmail(dot)com for permission.
Some material on this site is adapted from Daily Prayer, Daily Bread, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 2004, and is used with the permission of the Editor and Project Director, Eleanor Bernstein CSJ.

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  1. Connie permalink
    December 5, 2019 7:11 am

    Baya, thank you for the challenge to entrust my life to Providence. Connie

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