Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our Daily Bread

 Source:  Editor B

A little while ago I was challenged to occasionally share  part of my faith with my readers.   It is hard and scary to share a part of yourself with others.   It is much easier to share a recipe.  I have decided to take up the challenge and post once a month about what I believe and why I believe it.  (Please be nice)   If you would like to take up the challenge and share your faith your can link up at the bottom of this post.  

My husband spoke in church today and he was assigned the topic of “Our Daily Bread”  I’m sure you recognize that phrase from the Lord’s Prayer found in both Luke chapter 11 and Matthew chapter 6.  

At my house we are very focused on preparing for the future.  We have food storage and emergency supplies, we have long term plans and goals, and we save for our kid’s college education.  But this phrase from the Lord ’s Prayer reminds us that our daily bread comes from God.  This is talking about the food we eat, but I think it is also talking about the spiritual and physical strength needed to deal with one more day of trails of life.   

As I sat in church today I was thinking about this phrase “Our Daily Bread”  I looked around the room and noticed how many people were suffering from major trials.  One woman recently suffered the loss of a family member to suicide, another is struggling with the inability to have children, and another just had twin grandchildren one of whom is suffering from a major birth defect which requires extensive surgery.   Those are only the trials I know about, I’m sure there are many I don’t know about. 

The daily bread that the Lord offers to each of us is the power to make it through today no matter what trial is in store for us. Sometimes those trials are extreme.   

 This past summer I faced a trial I have faced several times in the past.  A trial that I thought we would never have to face again.  When I first realized we were going through it again.  I broke down.  I sat on my front porch and cried, while my good husband comforted me (even though is was also upset).  I cried to the Lord “I can’t do it.  I won’t do it.  Not again.  Surely not again” 

After the initial shock wore off, I realized that I could do it.  The Lord could take this burden.  That today I could make it.  He provided me with the spiritual strength to make it through that hardship a day at a time. 

Now don’t misunderstand me.  The Lord rarely removes the trial.  He did not remove mine.  But he has does make it bearable.   He gives us our daily bread in the form of the strength, the hope, and the helping hand of a friend or family member.

How has the Lord provided "daily bread in your life"?