By Sarah Carlson, Student Reporter
A daily devotional guide written by ACU students is free and available through subscription.
The spiritual life committee of the Students’ Association is offering the Daily Bread in hopes of encouraging students to talk to Jesus every day.
The guide is made by and designed for students and offers spiritual responses to scriptures, quotations, song lyrics and personal reflections submitted by students to be used as a basis for a daily devotional.
The nine-page January edition was distributed during the first week of the semester to all 3,000 students who use the university’s Mail Services.
January was the only month in which the guide will be given out to students without a subscription.
To continue receiving the Daily Bread, students can subscribe by filling out the back page of the January edition, or e-mailing the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and box number.
All students are encouraged to send in their own spiritual responses to the above e-mail address to be printed in upcoming editions.
Layne Rouse, junior human communication major from Midland and co-chair of the spiritual life committee, said the January edition of the Daily Bread was “sent out as a big umbrella effort to reach as many students as possible.”
Rouse said that one of the reasons for the success of the devotional guide is that students “like hearing about their peers’ spiritual development.”
Suzie MacKenzie, junior computer science major from Fort Worth and spiritual life committee member, said the guide is feeding off of the committee’s vision for the year of walking with Jesus no matter what.
MacKenzie sees the Daily Bread as a “stepping stone to encourage others to feed on Jesus daily.”
According to MacKenzie, the spiritual life committee published a similar guide of the same name in 1989, and finding an old copy of the publication spurred the present committee to take action and bring the guide back to life.
MacKenzie is not worried about the printing cost for the guide, which is funded through SA. She said the cost is well worth it “even if they only reach one student who normally wouldn’t have talked to Jesus daily.”
MacKenzie said that so far there have been about 100 subscriptions as well as positive feedback from students saying that the devotional guide has encouraged them.
Ashley Hansen, freshman youth and family ministry major from Denton, recently sent in her subscription for the Daily Bread. Hansen sees the publication as a “quick and easy-to-read daily devotional that is really helpful to encourage a daily time with God.”