Matthew 6: 9-13
For a Moment, and a Lifetime
There's the stuff we need every once in a while. When the season of life calls for it:
-patience in a certain situation
-forgiveness of someone's wrongdoing
-mercy from a mess-up
And then there's the daily bread that is necessary for our every moment. Our next breath. Our here and now and future life. It's the stuff that carries us through each day and, if depleted, so are we. Like a car putt-putts on "E", without our daily bread we eventually run out of steam and we are stuck in our search for you.
I ask for my daily bread (and I realize that you know what I need far better than I).
I ask for the sustenance to get me through the minutes and hours.
I need the small moments of laughter. The humor that keeps me light on my toes - but just enough - so that my feet stay firmly planted in the soil of reverence.
I need the honesty of someone's answer to, "how are you?".
I need the excitement of new possibilities and adventures. I need the yearning for more, for greater, for depth. Not in the latest fad, but in every encounter with ordinary holiness.
I need the power of simple moments, of gentle awakenings, of thoughtful questions.
I need love. The kind that fills the body, reaches the soul, and extends far beyond the eyes can see.
Give us this day our daily bread. Grant us the stuff we need for today. For tomorrow. For always.
For all of this I give thanks in the name of the one who taught us how to pray.