"Give us this day, our daily bread!"

“The Fourth Petition

Give us today our daily bread.

What is this? Or What does this mean?

In fact, God gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all evil people, but we ask in this prayer that God causes us to recognize what our daily bread is and to receive it with thanksgiving.

What then does “daily bread” mean?

Everything included in the necessities and nourishment for our bodies, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, farm, fields, livestock, money, property, and upright spouse, upright children, upright members of the household, upright and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, decency, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.”

Luther’s small Catechism; Fourth Petition of Explanation of “The Lord’s Prayer” ELW p.1163-1164.

Greetings my sisters and brothers!

I am hoping that this reflection finds you doing well. I wanted to share a short story with you. The other day I was shopping in a local grocery store. As I imagine is the case for most of you reading this, grocery stores are not as “full” as they were three weeks ago. Many people seem to be buying in “bulk” and so many items that I am accustomed to purchasing are not present. If they are present, they are not in the same quantity that they once were.

I spoke to a person (six feet away from me) who was pulling a second cart behind them. I said to the person “you must have a very large family.” The person responded, “no, just me in my wife. I just want to make sure that when the grocery stores run out of food that her and I are taken care of.”

Our conversation ended politely, and I suppose you’ll have to “trust” me when I tell you I am not condemning this man’s actions, but this conversation got me to thinking about Luther and his explanation of the Lord’s prayer.

In my understanding, what is implied in the above words are that a child of God is called to “TRUST” that God will care for the daily necessities of life. True enough, I was not able to purc