Reflection for Monday 22 Feb 2021
BREAD from HEAVEN
"I am going to rain down bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day" ( Exodus 16: 4)
It was “Bread from Heaven “this is sometimes what we say when something needed appeared, may it be money needed to pay a bill, or perhaps a parking space appearing in a crowded cart park, or a long awaited phone call..........ordinary things that bring wee blessings into our days.
When you come to think about this, perhaps you can see bread from heaven raining down all round you in the most unexpected of ways.
The reading from Exodus speaks of bread raining down from heaven every day, not unexpected blessings, but the result of a promise from God that he would not let his people go hungry.
The people got exactly what they needed when they needed it.............but.......after a while they became displeased with this provision.
In their eyes it was the same old, same old, day in, day out...they took it for granted and wanted more and other.
They forgot to give thanks, be surprised by grace, delighted by the tangible signs of God’s loving care.
They became complacent and comfortable, and instead of counting their blessings, began racking up their complaints.
During these days in this pandemic, we have been forced to look at the things in life that we often took for granted, that we often complained about, forgetting to give thanks to God for the little things in life which bless us day in day out.
God of heaven and earth, in you we live and move and have our being. Everything we have comes from you, every breath, every movement, every relationship, every provision. The earth is yours and all that is within it. Help us this day to marvel at your lavish care for us and hear our thanks as we gather the bread from heaven you give us every single day.