My Daily Bread

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For years, the dailyness of needs—my children’s, my husband’s, not to mention my own—left me in a state of chronic weariness.  Tasks like laundry, cooking, cleaning the kitchen, and vacuuming, just to mention a few, certainly felt more unending than completed. In fact, even my schedule seemed circular from sunrise to sunrise, often with interruptions throughout the night. One of my friends summarized young motherhood well: “I was pretty much just exhausted for about ten years.”

But God never sleeps, because He never becomes weary. Wouldn’t that be wonderful for us women! Like the steady drone of midsummer insect wings, He listens to billions of requests and never covers His ears! Does that amaze you?

Since I started thinking about this prayer I’ve found myself in difficult or challenging circumstances repeating, “daily bread, daily bread. Give me Lord bread for this moment.”

I’ve learned that my needs change daily which is why I need this prayer. Yesterday I needed grace and clarity trying to understand a difficult relationship. Today I need stamina because I didn’t get enough sleep last night.  Tomorrow I will need something else that God is already prepared to aptly supply. There is great beauty in such a simple prayer, “Give me this day my daily bread”—because He knows the entire scroll of my day before it unfurls. He knows the needs I feel before I ask. Yet still, He says, “Ask me.”

Because His mercies are new with every dawn, ask your Father who loves you to give you your daily bread.  He bakes fresh loaves each morning, risen with the perfect blend of ingredients, specifically for your daily needs.  And His bread is warm, ready, fresh out of the oven anytime we need it.  Will you?

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