Give US This Day Our Daily Bread
November 12, 2020 | Timothy Peace
Say it with me: COVID-19 is annoying!
There, I just needed to say it.
The truth is, people have been ill, families have lost loved ones, employees have lost jobs, and companies have gone under.
There is nothing good about this pandemic. No amount of hollow spiritual jargon will get me to say otherwise.
That said, when life is tough, and we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, it can be a good thing to hold onto the good stuff when we get it.
Apparently, bread making has made a resurgence in homes across the country due to people staying home more frequently.
The trend even found its way into my home. Angie got a bread maker for her birthday in October. We've had fresh bread quite a bit, and it's fantastic.
Additionally, since we've been home more frequently, we've had the opportunity to see our son take *literal* steps towards new milestones that we might otherwise have missed had we been in an office.
We've also become far too acquainted with comedies and comedians on Netflix. You should check out Nate Bargatze; he's funny.
The truth is, though, none of the silver-lining good we've experienced is all that out of the ordinary.
We could have made bread in a time other than a pandemic. People do that.
While it was special to see Leo's first steps, I would still get to see my kid take steps without 'Rona intruding on our lives.
And, let's face it, we all watch too much Netflix anyway, even when a global pandemic isn't going on.
What's really happening is that we're paying more attention the things we typically take for granted because so much that we took for granted before has been taken from us.
One of the lines of Jesus' model prayer from the Sermon on the Mount goes like this, "Give us this day our daily bread."
It's a sad reality that we've grown so accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it, and in any way we want it, without a struggle, that we've primarily taken life around us for granted. In fact, we've lived as if God is merely an afterthought, someone we pay lip service to, rather than one on whom we're dependent.
Jesus, though, taught his model prayer, including the line about bread, to people who didn't have their next meal at the ready. Their lives were daily negotiations with no guarantees.
There's nothing like a pandemic to snap us out of taking what we have for granted.
Maybe it's the holidays coming up, where people long to see their friends and family, to see their whole faces, and not have to worry if they'll get sick or be the reason their loved ones might get sick. But, I feel compelled to remind you and me that in this time of uncertainty and unending desperation, we need to take Jesus' model prayer seriously and begin, whether again or for the first time, to depend on God, who is the giver of life.
Bread was something I used to take for granted, amongst other things. At this moment, I'm much more inclined to rely on God, sincerely, for the things I previously took for granted.
Lord, give us this day, our daily bread…