Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: How do we receive our daily bread, or grace, from God?
Answer: Because God is Mind, everything in His kingdom is a spiritual idea. God expresses Himself through these ideas. We have already read that “God gives you His spiritual ideas,
and in turn, they give you daily supplies.” (Mis. 307:1-2) Therefore, God’s food is in the form of spiritual ideas, and it appears to us humanly in many different ways:
“Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the
human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living
waters to the thirsty.” (S&H 234:4-8)
All spiritual ideas have their source in God, the divine Mind. They may seem to come to us
in the form of ideas found in books, art, or lessons from nature, for example, or from ideas shared by other people. Ideas come in daily prayers. God’s ideas may also come through a
“still, small voice” during a time of need.
Mary Baker Eddy provided a lovely avenue of communication with God in the form of the Daily Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly. She writes of the two books used in the Lessons:
“Your dual and impersonal pastor, the Bible, and ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,’ is with you; and the Life these give, the Truth they illustrate, the Love they demonstrate, is the great
Shepherd that feedeth my flock, and leadeth them ‘beside the still waters.’” (Mis. 322:10-15)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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