Bread – Blank

December 26, 2012

Readings for Wednesday, December 26, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: None


In the Book of Common Prayer Daily Lectionary, there are no readings designated for the day after Christmas, December 26. That is why the Bread today is called “Blank.”

Somehow this is fitting. We have just come off of our birthday party for Jesus, our stomachs and our quest for things temporarily sated. We are probably trudging back to work, wondering why our boss just won’t let us have off the rest of the week. So, OK, He’s born – now what?

Isn’t this a pattern of our normal Christian life? A few minutes on the mountaintop of an especially meaningful worship service, prayer experience, or closer encounter with God, followed by – life, the job, the family, the debt, the car, the house, the retirement fund, the soccer match, the …. And when we are in these valleys, we turn to our God in prayer or His Word in Scripture in our study and we come up with … blank.

What felt so powerful yesterday is but a will-o-the-wisp memory today. The substance we knew was there is now … blank.

What do we do in the blank times, when Scripture offers no wisdom, God no communication, our fellow Christian community no comfort? What do we do?

In those times of blankness we would do well to remember that those times are owned by God too, are filled by Him too, are created by Him for His purposes in our lives. God fills the blank with His presence. God fills the blank with His love. God fills the blank with His power. God fills the blank with His grace.

God speaks to us in our blanks.

We have read many readings in the past year. Perhaps in the blank we should look back and remember what blessings we have received. Perhaps in the blank we should look forward to the blessings which will be because God is. Perhaps in the blank we should just rest in God’s mercy for the day, His love for the day, His favor for the day, His providence for the day.

Do we hear Him? Maybe not, but that does not matter because He hears us. He hears us. He loves us.

Come, let us adore Him.


© 2012 GBF


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