Give us this day our daily bread: Matthew 6:11
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” Matthew 6:9-11 (KJV)
The other day, I heard a public service announcement claim even in today’s United States, there are people choosing between paying the bills and feeding their families. That seems inconceivable in a nation as prosperous as ours.
Where I live, I am surrounded by corn and soybean fields. At a glance, I can see acres upon acres of food that will be ready for harvest this autumn. Forecasters say this may be a record year for corn. Yet, if anybody serves at church for very long, they know there are hurting, starving people who need help.
According to a CNBC article, there is enough food to feed the world two times over. The problem isn’t a lack of food in the world. The problem is distribution. We have lots of food, but due to politics and logistics, it doesn’t go to everyone who is hungry. Even in the United States, where there are no such barriers, families go hungry because of a lay-off, a debilitating accident, or other circumstance.
Food can be a very powerful, emotional subject. After all, we need it to survive. Jesus reminds us in this prayer who ultimately provides for our basic necessities. And as God meets our needs, giving us our daily bread, He also may use us to share that bread with those less fortunate.
This makes us want to find ways to share our daily bread. It’s a travesty to have so much food, yet see others go hungry. But even more tragic is it to have The Bread of Life, and not share it with others. We live in a hungry world: hungry for bread and for The Bread of Life. Let’s be the hands and feet of Christ and take care of both needs today.
This bulletin is from our August 18, 2013, Christian Art Weekly Worship Bulletin Service.