“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #11

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Question: Can man really feel satisfied with only “daily bread” from God?

Answer: God is not cheap, stingy, petty, or poor. We read at the beginning of the Bible
that God gave “abundantly” (see Genesis 1:20-23). He continues to give to His children
abundantly. Mary Baker Eddy tells us:  “Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is
pouring forth more
than we accept?”  (S&H 2:26-28)

Mortal mind, with its hunger for matter, will never be satisfied. But man, reflecting
his Father-Mother, will always be satisfied. As Paul once wrote:

“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is
certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
(I Timothy 6:6-8)

“The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin
in order to part with them” (S&H 296:14)

We do not have to worry whether or not God will supply us with all we need. And if we
see people in the news who seem to need help with their basic needs, we can seek God’s guidance for ways to pray, or offer practical help, so that no one lacks the “daily bread” of Truth or food.

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” (Ps. 107)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Bread #11


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