Friday, September 1, 2017

Our Daily Bread

When I saw this beautiful bread waiting to be served to our guests, I was reminded strongly of the example Christ gave when His disciples asked Him how to pray. After giving honor to God and expressing a desire for His will to be done, Jesus includes, "Give us this day our daily bread." Be our sustenance. This request, set so firmly in the present, seems so simple, yet has so many purposes. First, it shows us the importance of living life one day at a time. As human beings we are so worried about securing our future. We like our plans because they give us a sense of control, a false sense of control, over our lives. In reality, the future is in God's hands. Second, be grateful for what you Don't covet or envy what you don't have or might not have tomorrow. Be grateful today. Third, go to God every day. You prayed yesterday for your needs. Pray today. Talk with Him today. Keep that relationship open and current. Don't relegate your relationship with your heavenly Father to a monthly "phone" call.

As I talk with our guests, I am often humbled by the strength of their faith. They know what it is like to live one day at a time, to rely fully on God to supply their daily bread. We call our meals "Mission Manna," because every bite is truly what God has provided that day, and He provides wonderful things...through our fellow rescuers. None of our guests need to go hungry, and our cooks are careful to include healthy ingredients as well as filling ones.

Thank you for the part you play in providing these quality meals and for giving our guests the opportunity to face the challenges ahead without worrying what they will eat or drink or what will they wear. Thank you for being a rescuer by helping us help others.

(Matthew 6:11)