Daily Prayer 365

Day 91
Wednesday, November 30, 2022


The Lord heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
God determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.  —Psalm 147:3–4

We all want to be certain, we all want proof, but the kind of proof we tend to want-scientifically or philosophically demonstrable proof that would silence all doubts once and for all-would not in the long run, I think, answer the fearful depths of our need at all. For what we need to know of course, is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here in the thick of our day-by-day lives who may not be writing messages about himself in the stars, but who in one way or another is trying to get messages through our blindness as we move around down here knee-deep in the fragrant muck and misery and marvel of the world. It is not objective proof of God’s existence that we want but, whether we use religious language for it or not, the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle that we are really after. And that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get.  —Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark, 2006

In the thick of our day-by-day lives, we need you be here now, not just far beyond in the numinous galaxies beyond, but knee-deep in the muck, misery, and marvel of the world. Bind up today’s wounds and heal today’s broken hearts just as much as you cascade across the steely brightness of the night sky. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

November 30, 2022

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