Give us this day our daily bread.

What is it that we are asking for when we pray that God would provide us our daily bread?  I have more than one loaf of bread in my house – we are far from food insecure.  And while I pray every day, including this prayer for my daily bread, I can go through many days where I do not urgently petition God to provide me the strength to make it through the day.  For those of us, or at least me, who have plenty of bread (food, money, health, family), what should we be praying for?


This is my body, broken for you.

Jesus allowed his body to be broken for mine, exchanging his wholeness for my brokenness.  For this I am thankful even though I cannot comprehend the fullness of what it means.  But if Jesus, who was not broken, was broken for me, then in what way should I be broken for others who do not know wholeness?


Go and do likewise.

I need the grace God provides me in each moment, each day – even when I feel secure in my own abilities.  May I become more aware of my brokenness and look for Jesus to provide what I need.

But in my wholeness, I am called to share the grace and daily bread that Jesus has so abundantly provided.  May I be willing to be broken so that others may experience wholeness.  Amen.

Someone’s daily bread being prepared before sunrise in the Old City as I walked the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.


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  1. Michelle, you bring up such beautiful questions. The whole thought of being broken for others the way Jesus was broken for me is a challenging one. I’m thinking on this over the weekend.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Great post! It is important to remember to give to others from what God has generously provided to us, and I like your comment about us being willing to be broken so that others can be made whole. Visiting from FMF.

  3. it’s nice to meet you michelle:) interesting that you graduated from McCormick Seminary. So did my husband. I believe he graduated in 1965! it was before i knew him. we met when he came to my home church in FL as I was leaving for nursing in Philadelphia. yes, it is a long story:) he was from WI and did all his post high school in chicago (mostly). i grew up in Ft. lauderdale, FL but in 9th grade my parents went overseas to costa rica so my US home base continued to be there where my grandparents were. last week ron turned 80!
    i enjoyed your post:)
    i tho’t about doing a post on daily bread provision, but decided to go in a different direction. it’s nice to meet you. i think this is the first time i have met anyone from mcCormick along the way:)

    1. Thanks for sharing the connection! I enjoyed your post today too!

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