God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Enough

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

Give us this day our daily bread.  Matthew 6:11
How do you know when you have enough?  When we pray; give us this day our daily bread; for those of us that are not food insecure are we praying for enough?  Are we praying to live a life where we learn the limits?  We are privileged enough to be people who can eat when and where we want.  
So when we pray give us this day our daily bread are we praying to learn about enough? 

In my house there are two different responses to food.  We have the dog and I who will eat anything you put in front of us and will eat until we are full and still have room for desert.  Ziggy especially has never met a food she wouldn’t eat.  My son and the cat are both naturally thin.  They are nibblers.  My son only eats when he is hungry, not because he is bored or feeling…  He knows boundaries and limits to food without thinking about how much weight he will gain or what that bowl of ice cream will do to his hips.  He eats because his body is hungry and stops when he is full.  He 
knows what it means to have enough.

In the Exodus story we learn that the people are hungry and they complain to God wanting food.   
11 The LORD said to Moses, 12 "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.' “13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.' “17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. 19 Then Moses said to them, "No one is to keep any of it until morning." 20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.  So Moses was angry with them. Exodus 16
The Israelites had to learn that they were living with enough.  They had enough of the best to satisfy them.  If they tried to hoard the food or take more than they needed it would rot.  When we pray, give us this day our daily bread, we who are fed are praying to learn enough.  To be satisfied with what we have been given.  To eat what will sustain us in life, the best food that will sustain us and then to stopping when it is enough.  Spend today being conscious of what you eat.  Remembering that God has granted you enough, eating what will nourish your body, eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full.  

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