31st December 2018

December 31, 2018

Our Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11 (NRSVA)

I’ve just discovered that Day By Day is 10 years old tomorrow, 1 January 2019. Wow! Where has the time gone?

This prompted me to revisit the very first article that kicked off this series of daily reflections. Written by James Henderson, the message focused on one of the lines from the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.” At the end of the article, James reflected on the ‘us’ part of the verse; that Jesus desires us to include the needs of others in our daily prayers. We must always pray as part of, and for, the community that we truly are.

Over the years, I have heard stories that have reflected on how Day By Day is a community experience. I only have space to mention a few: I know of one person who prints them out and sends them to someone with no internet access. Some readers have been so inspired or encouraged by certain articles that they have sent notes of thanks by email. Personally, I have been greatly moved by those who have had the courage to write about their faith during times of severe trial. I can think of three people who penned articles after the death of their spouse. Another spoke of the challenge of following God while undergoing treatment for cancer. I am very grateful to all those who expressed how their faith wrestled with the emotional, physical and spiritual pain that life too often brings.

To be in Christ is to be in community. The Lord’s Prayer begins with “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), which we can only say because God’s true Son, Jesus, became “like his brothers and sisters in every respect” (Hebrews 2:17). Jesus has chosen to share his son-ship with us all; the Father loves to receive the prayers that we offer in Jesus’ name. And when we include each other in our prayers, we are testifying to the community that Christ is building. In the ‘About’ section of the Day By Day website, it states that “the site gives an opportunity for those who attend our church to share their faith experience.” We truly have experienced a sharing of faith, through our individual ups and downs, over the last decade. Here’s to another 10 years!

P.S. If you have been inspired, encouraged or moved by a Day By Day article over the years, why not email the Day By Day team at admin@daybyday.org.uk? It is always encouraging to hear how one person’s story of faith has benefited others.

Father, thank you for all who contribute to Day By Day. I especially thank you for the quiet hands behind the scenes; those who receive, edit and schedule our stories of faith. Show us, Lord Jesus, how we can participate more fully in the community that you are building; a community that together prays ‘Our Father’.

Study by Ian Woodley

About the Author:
Ian Woodley is an Elder and Pastoral Council member of the Edinburgh Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International (Gracecom for short).

Local Congregation:
Gracecom, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: peter.mill@gracecom.church

31st January 2018

January 31, 2018

The Faithful Witness in the Sky 

“God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.”
Genesis 1:16 (NIV)

This last year I have had my interest piqued by the names and the blessings that our nearest celestial neighbour brings to us. So far I’ve hunted and observed the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon and in December I watched to see the Cold Moon. It’s called the Supermom this month – or a Blue Moon, as there are two full moons in January 2018!

Because the moon has an elliptical orbit it sometimes gets quite close to earth, and of course, appears to be much larger than at other times of the year. This quiet but important natural satellite seems to fascinate us humans from its thin smiling crescent phase to the round dazzling full moon on whose surface we can imagine a face, which we call “the man in the moon!” And speaking of a man on the moon, the race is on apparently for tourists to visit the moon in 2018.

This magnificent glowing orb has been used for centuries to establish calendars, set military engagements, and assist in navigation. Its gravity directs the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, which in turn affects many species of animal and plant life. But I guess a lesser known quality of our moon is that it helps stabilize the earth’s axis of rotation—without the moon nearby our planet home would wobble under the gravitational influence of the other planets, causing severe weather conditions and climate changes.

How blessed we are that a loving God designed and put together this beautiful blue home for us, a home that unfortunately we have abused and misused for such a long time and yet it still causes us to stand in awe as we come face to face with a glorious rainbow, a colourful autumn woodland, a mountaintop view or indeed the rising full moon!

Not surprisingly God compares his faithful covenant of love to the ever-present moon! He’s constantly watching over us whether we realise it or not, and his promises are as sure as the continued presence of the moon in the sky. Notice when speaking about his covenant with King David, he declares, “It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky!” (Psalm 89:37).

Just like the presence of our faithful moon, so too are the faithful words of the one who created it to bless and delight us!

Great Creator God, thank you for your continued faithfulness to us. And thank you also for the many blessings that you have placed about us for our wellbeing and our protection.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk