Week 41 Thursday

Daily Bread

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 29-30

Key verses: Proverbs 30:7-9

“Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God.”

I love this Proverb.

It reminds me that the best way we can live is one day at a time; trusting God to provide.  And it reassures me that “enough is enough” – no matter what the advertising agencies say.

Jesus thought this “daily bread” concept was so important that he included it in what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer.

And, in my own life experience, I have proved it true time and again.

So why not try an experiment today?

Sit down, in a quiet place, and make out a special “today” gratitude list.  Thank God for all the things you have – all the ways your prayers have been answered just today – all the ways you see God at work in your life, again – just today.

Think about what has happened in the last twenty-four period.

And I bet that – even if you are in great difficulty – you can find something to for which to be thankful.

And that thankfulness alone can help you make it through to better times.

Daily bread isn’t much – at least in “quantity” as the world measures things.

But spiritually speaking – it’s everything.

Prayer: Lord, thank you, for today’s blessings.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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