Give us This Day our Daily Bread

By David Kirk McCleary, Outreach Pastor

Posted on March 18, 2016

For many of us, saying the Lord’s Prayer is a daily rite:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

But for some of our neighbours, it is more than a ritual, it is a literal cry to God for help.

This month, we are collecting donations for our Pasta Challenge, benefiting the Daily Bread Food Bank. It is a catchy name – I mean, who doesn’t love pasta?

To tell you the truth, when I first came to Canada from Jamaica, I had never seen the stuff before. When I was first served spaghetti as a child, it simply looked like a great, big heap of steaming, white worms, covered in blood and topped off with great clods of dirt! I was decidedly less than chuffed about this “food” offering.

It was not until I was assured by people I trusted and saw others around me eat the stuff that I was introduced to the wonderful world of pasta, sauce and meatballs. It was delicious – soft, chewy and filling. And as a child - wonder of wonders - I was allowed, encouraged even, to SLURP this bit of deliciousness. I have been a fan of pasta ever since!

• As a teenager, it was a filling snack and fuel for my many sports, school and community activities.
• As a college student it was a staple for late night cram sessions and day to day life.
• Now, as a parent, it is a quick, easy and fun meal for my two small children and my vegetarian wife, minus the meat of course.

But for many people living in our city who frequent the Daily Bread Food Bank, pasta is lifesaving. It helps them stretch the few dollars they have left over after paying rent, or to travel back and forth from work to make living here possible. In these increasingly difficult times for people from all walks of life, is it a wonderful thing for the church to be able to help be an answer to prayer. Please give what you are able – every little bit helps.