Our Father…

So begins the most well-known prayer on the planet.  Many of us can recite it from memory.  And yet, we often do so without thinking much about the prayer itself.

Martin Luther suggested we combat this tendency by praying it line by line, stopping at each phrase to consider how those particular words might apply for us in our own context.

For instance in the Small Catechism, Luther writes on the petition for daily bread:

What then does “daily bread” mean?   

Everything included in the necessities and nourishment for our bodies, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, farm, fields, livestock, money, property, an upright spouse, upright children, upright members of the household, upright and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, decency, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

What an exhaustive list!  We might choose slightly different items today, but the point is clear.  Everything we have comes from God and we can rely on God to have all our needs met.
What is the “daily bread” that you give thanks for this week?
May God be with you in your journey.  See you in worship!
 -Pastor Kate

Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: 

 Genesis 18:20-32 and Psalm 138 , Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19) , Luke 11:1-13

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s