Do you know what all of these have in common?
They are all different types of bread.
Barmbrack is a traditional Irish bread made with raisins. Various objects are baked into the bread and used to tell the eater's fortune.
Challah is a Jewish braided bread enjoyed on the Sabbath and on special holidays. Traditionally, the bread contains no dairy or meat, though sometimes it's sprinkled with poppy seeds.
Mantou is a traditional Chinese bread that is steamed, not baked, so it has no crust. When served with sweetened condensed milk it makes an excellent dessert.
In the Gospel of Luke, the disciples ask Jesus how to pray and he answers with the famous Lord's Prayer:
"Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation." (Luke 11: 2-4)
The prayer features many different elements, but I was recently taken back by the simple request for daily bread.
What's behind the petition?
In Jesus' time, people were hired on a day-by-day basis. A man could be hired to work on a vineyard today, but not tomorrow, or hired to take his boat out and fish tomorrow, but not the day after. This uncertainty requires trusting that God will provide the means of food each day to survive. [Tweet this]
The Israelites fled from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. As the nation wandered in the desert waiting to enter the Promised Land, they wondered what they would eat. Would God provide? Each morning, manna-sweet bread that appeared like coriander-appeared on the ground like dew. The Israelites gathered the daily nourishment.
Whenever the Israelites tried to keep the manna more than a day, the bread festered with wriggling maggots. Each day required its own trust that God provides. [Tweet this]
This week we are giving away THREE copies of Claire Diaz-Oritz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua's new book, Hope Runs.
Claire is an author, speaker and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and writes a popular business blog at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com. Find her via @claire on Twitter.
Sammy Ikua Gachagua was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in Imani Children’s Home in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare U.S. visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Diaz-Oritz. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.
Hope Runs is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever.
It's about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you.
It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.
To win a copy of Hope Runs, leave a comment on this original blog post at MargaretFeinberg.com. The winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday.
Congratulations to the winners: Tara Lanteri, Nancy Rhea, Asherita
How has God provided daily bread for you recently?
REMINDER: There are only FIVE DAYS until we kick off the Summer Bible Study here at MargaretFeinberg.com. We're exploring how to hear God's voice, the mysteries of unanswered prayer, and so.much.more. We want YOU to join us—It's not too late! Click here to learn more.