RATTLING FEED BUCKETS
Read 1 John 3: 1-3
Thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I
have redeemed you; I have called you
by name, you are mine.
My father worked most of his life at a racing-horse farm
in upstate New York. An exercise rider and jack-of-all-trades,
he had a special affinity with the horses he worked with every
day. He had nicknames for them all and was always the first
one into the training barn each morning. After turning on
the light, he would call out the nicknames of the horses. They
would whinny, snort, and rattle their feed buckets as they
recognized my father’s voice.
As Christians, we can take a lesson from those horses. Do
we discern God calling out our names, or are we too involved
in our own pursuits to
hear God’s voice? God
is calling us to respond
faithfully in everything
we do — even in the
We cannot rattle
our feed buckets like the horses did for my dad. But we can
respond to our call by doing God’s work in the world.
Prayer: Creator God, may we hear your call and respond by
following you every day. Amen.
James C. Seymour, Jr. (New York)
Prayer Focus: HORSE-FARM WORKERS
— Isaiah 43: 1 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Today I will faithfully
do God’s work.