“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #12

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

Question: Why does God give us our bread, instead of asking us to earn it?

Answer: Just as most parents love to freely provide for their young children’s needs, as well as offering special gifts for the sheer joy of giving, God loves us, and loves to give to us, too. Jesus explained:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you . . .
If ye then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:7,11)

When children are freely given their food by their parents, they are not expected to just sit around at the table and wait for the next meal. They are to go out and live! They are to do things with the energy that food is believed to provide. Likewise, when God freely gives us
grace, we are to go out and use that grace, as Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the
blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.” (S&H 3:22-24)

Do you see that while God freely gives us all we need in abundance, we are expected to use and share what we receive? We should not expect others to earn the love and goodness we freely share, because it is a gift from God.

“No one can save himself without God’s help, and God will help each man who performs his own part. After this manner and in no other way is every man cared for and blessed.” (Ret. 86:21-14)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”

Copyright 2002)

Bread #12


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