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my daily bread

July 25, 2010

This morning, as we recited the Lord’s Prayer at church, the phrase ‘give me today my daily bread‘ caught my ear.

Daily has some tight boundaries on it; it doesn’t allow me room to wiggle and worry about yesterday and tomorrow. It plants my feet firmly in the present, in the absolute here and now. And it is in there that God is providing, one day at a time. To say ‘give me today my daily bread‘ is to acknowledge that He is providing for my needs at this moment; it is a statement of trust that tomorrow cannot be worried into submission and that I’m not going to try.

Ack. I have a hard time with this. A very hard time.

But I don’t want to waste today. Because when I take a moment to reflect, I realize that in ignoring my daily bread, I am rejecting gifts that matter so much more now than the fears of what happens then.

So, friends, here is my daily bread today:

…the soft morning breeze waving across my face as I sit next to the big window in my bedroom.

…the cold iced tea on my coffee table and the blessing of a (finally) clean apartment.

…listening to Fleet Foxes and feeling filled up

…going blueberry picking with my friend, Kelley

…rediscovering a favorite Sufjan Stevens t-shirt from college (and having it still fit!)

There is much in this daily bread of mine; perhaps it’s time I paid it attention.

[photo credit here]

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Clinton permalink
    July 26, 2010 7:43 am

    Nice post (including the graphic)!
    You might enjoy this sermon about bread… and meat…and life:
    http://www.chapel.duke.edu/sermons/documents/April6FoodisPolitics.pdf

    (The text is good, but you really should listen to Sam Wells’ great voice: the Anglophile in you will probably swoon. Just search for “Duke Chapel Sermons” in iTunes, click on the Duke Chapel logo, and go to Sermons 2008 to find “Food is Politics” from April 6th.)

    Fleet Foxes, eh? I’ve heard “White Winter Hymnal”, which is really good. How does the rest of the album hold up?

  2. July 26, 2010 11:10 am

    Thanks for this. Such a beautiful and essential lesson… that always seems to elude me.

  3. Caroline permalink*
    July 28, 2010 9:32 am

    @ Clinton!

    Thanks so much for passing that sermon along — I will definitely have to give it a listen. Sounds right up my alley (errr, pew?).

    The whole Fleet Foxes album is MAGICAL. I really am loving it, the whole darn thing. I highly recommend giving it a listen all the way through. “Blue Ridge Mountains” is also one of my favorites.

  4. Caroline permalink*
    July 28, 2010 9:34 am

    @ Beth!

    I think it eludes me, too. In those moments, it’s when I have to write it down and make it real so that my thankfulness and I can finally collide.

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