“Give us this day our daily bread…”
Who of us worries about our ‘daily bread’?
Even though these are tough economic times… most of us around the Barnegat area are NOT worrying about where the next meal is going to come from. There’s something about the security of TODAY that encourages us to neglect the big questions of life: What does this all mean? What is my purpose? Will things always be this way?
The truth is… nothing is certain. Just because we FEEL secure today in our job, our house, our family, our life, it does not mean that we can count on things to ‘always be this way’.
When we are courageous enough to deal with that we start seeing the merit of praying: “Give us this day our daily bread…”. Because even though it may seem like we can take our ‘daily bread’ (whatever it is that we count on to keep us going in life from food to work to spouse, etc.) for granted… we cannot. In an instant everything can change.
Does this make you feel thankful for what you have had (and maybe what you’ve taken for granted)?
Does this make you feel more appreciative or apprehensive?
If nothing else, this line in the prayer should convince us of one fact: our ‘daily bread’ is not an entitlement… it is a gift.