Give Us This Day
This blog is named for that which sustains in the wilderness. There are many readings themed around heaven-sent food. Here are a few great ones:
In 2 Kings 4:42-44, “twenty barley loaves made from the first fruits, and fresh grain in the ear” was given, at Elisha’s insistence, to a crowd of a hundred. “For thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’ And when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the Lord had said.”
Then there is the famous “Loaves and Fishes” passage from Jn 6:1-15 in which Jesus provides food (with leftovers) for a massive crowd from five barley loaves and two fish.
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 features God’s response to the hunger of the Israelites. The lines read like poetry:
“In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.
In the morning a dew lay all about the camp, and when the dew evaporated,
there on the surface of the desert were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.
On seeing it, the Israelites asked one another, ‘What is this?’ for they did not know what it was.
But Moses told them, ‘This is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.’”
To quote today’s featured poem, “Moses,”: “I need/ my jealous God; the manna, desert bread—/ the burning bush; / the basket that held me/ when I, an infant, floated helplessly.”
Here are the rules of heaven-sent sustenance as gleaned from the aforementioned readings and others on this topic:
In times of scarcity or want, God provides.
Don’t work for food that perishes, but for permanent food.
There will be leftovers.
The food will be better than our wildest dreams.