The Pronoun Makes a Difference

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” [Matthew 6:9-11]

“Did you know that 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life?  That is about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9% of the population are undernourished,” according to the Food Aid Foundation. Of course, we know people struggle with food insecurity in our own communities as well, for as a church we participated in the Hunger Walk this past June. The reality is people are hungry. So, how does this affect us given that we pray every week, “Give us this day our daily bread?” Notice we do not pray, “Give me this day my daily bread.”  Give me what I need and all will be well. Embedded in this beloved prayer are multiple calls to action. It is not enough that we have daily bread, if others do not have enough food. We pray for “us.” How might focusing on the pronoun help us to work towards solutions in our communities as well as around the world?

Prayer

God of abundance, I confess that when I pray I most often only think about myself, my family and extended family. I forget about my neighbors who struggle to put food on the table. I forget that far too many people go to bed hungry every night.  Grant me wisdom and courage to do my part in responding to the “us,” as I pray. Amen.

 

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